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Legislator seeks to fast-track tablet use throughout flights

Excerpt from Politico

Mar 07, 2013 2:29 pm

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Senator McCaskill isn’t buying the argument that prohibitions against the use of iPods and tablets during takeoffs and landings are about safety concerns, and neither are we.

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Frustrated with the slow process at the FAA, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday she will write legislation to allow passengers to use electronic devices during all aspects of flight.

In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Missouri Democrat said she is “concerned” with Huerta’s “lack of direct engagement” on expanding the use of personal electronic devices during flight and called the current set of rules that force passengers to put away their iPods at altitudes below 10,000 feet “preposterous.”

The proposed bill would not apply to cellphone use but would dramatically expand the use of iPads, other tablets, music players and other devices before, during and after flight.

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