A bill that would ban passenger cellphone calls on commercial flights recently cleared the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The notion of deliberately quiet travel was established 14 years ago when Amtrak launched its popular "Quiet Car" program; hotels have embraced similar philosophies with designated quiet areas. While the public largely favors quiet air travel -- according to a Quinnipiac University poll, 59% of American voters want a ban on in-flight cellphone use -- some wonder if the quiet-zone philosophy will find its way onto flights.

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