Dec. 4 at 6:48 p.m.
As Americans, we frequently write to our representatives in Congress and tell them how we feel on various vital issues, in an attempt to influence their actions. But if there is any one topic on which a public outcry can affect government policy, it’s the question of whether airline passengers should be permitted to make and receive cellphone calls during the course of a flight. A recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to the effect that the ban on such phones might be lifted, has set off a storm of protest more violent than any I can remember. And I’m betting that if those protests continue in number and volume, they will prevent this assault on our privacy in the air.