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Travel Leaders Hail FAA Move on Onboard Electronics

November 2, 2013 Association No Comments Email Email

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow on Thursday welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement that it will begin implementing a panel’s recommendation to relax prohibitions on the use of electronic devices during certain portions of passenger flights.

“We’re pleased the FAA recognizes that an enjoyable passenger experience is not incompatible with safety and security,” Dow said. “The Obama Administration deserves credit for common-sense, ‘win-win’ policies like this, as well as the implementation of Automated Passport Control and the expansion of programs such as the Visa Waiver Program and Pre-Check.

“The travel community is grateful, because what’s good for the traveler is good for travel-related businesses and our economy. It’s this kind of forward thinking that will enable us to remain among the leading industries in growth and job creation.”

In early October, the Portable Electronic Devices Aviation Rulemaking Committee issued a report stating that the onboard use of smaller electronic devices such as phones and tablets posed no risk to planes flying below 10,000 feet, provided they are not sending or receiving cell tower signals. Larger devices, such as laptops, should continue to be stowed for safety reasons, the report recommended.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Thursday announced that the agency will proceed with implementing the committee’s recommendations.

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