WASHINGTON, D.C. - A House panel has approved a bill to ban airline passengers from calling people while in the air.

The move by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requires the Department of Transportation to issue rules barring such calls. The DOT has said it was already thinking about doing so.

Both Republican and Democratic House members - some of the nation's most frequent flyers - said they believe in-flight calls would be noisy, disturbing to other passengers - and possibly disruptive.

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration said it might be OK for people to make cellphone calls while in flight.

AP wires were used in this report