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FAA Seeks to Ban Pilots' Use of Personal Devices While in the Air

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 8:26pm
CNET

The Federal Aviation Administration looks to be tightening the screws on what personal devices pilots are allowed to use while in the air.

A new proposal, which the agency published in the Federal Register today, aims to stop pilots from using electronic devices for any type of personal use while in the cockpit. The proposal comes after a handful of incidents gave the FAA cause for concern.

"The personal use of personal wireless communications devices and laptop computers for non-safety related activities is prohibited by the broad restrictions in the current 'Sterile Cockpit' rule during ground operations involving taxi, take-off and landing, and all other flight operations conducted below 10,000 feet," the proposal reads. "The proposed requirements in this NPRM [Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking] would extend the prohibition on personal use of personal wireless communications devices and laptop computers to all phases of flight."

 

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