FAA requests comment on portable electronic device use

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Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting comment (.pdf file) on its current policies for passenger use of portable electronic devices during flight. These devices include e-readers and laptops, which emit wireless signals that could potentially interfere with an aircraft’s navigation equipment.

FAA is soliciting the following feedback:

  • Can these devices interfere with crew safety briefings and instructions?
  • Should aircraft operators publish their portable electronic device policies?
  • Should devices posing projectile injury risk be stowed during takeoff, approach, landing and abnormal conditions?
  • Are there other reasons why aircraft system-compatible devices should be restricted?

According to an FAA press release, the comments will be used as part of an upcoming study on how portable electronic devices – other than cell phones – are determined safe or unsafe for aircraft use.

Comments are due Oct. 27.

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