Press Releases

Oct 31 2013

ROCKEFELLER WARNS PASSENGER USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST NOT COMPROMISE SAFETY

Chairman releases statement on FAA rule that lets carriers allow passenger use of devices once testing is conducted

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined that airlines can allow passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during the entire flight – including taxi, takeoff, and landing. Carriers will have to prove to the FAA that each type of aircraft can function safely while passengers use their devices. Passengers will still have to turn off the cellular service to use their device.

“Having access to e-mail or a movie is not worth compromising the safety of any flight. While today's ruling is an added convenience for consumers, we must keep in mind that safety is always our foremost concern when making improvements to the passenger experience on flights,” Rockefeller said. “I’m confident the FAA will conduct exhaustive oversight of the entire process, and I expect the airlines to conduct thorough assessments on their fleets before they let passengers use electronic devices.”

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