Flight attendants try to reinstate FAA’s ban on mobile devices during takeoff

The largest union representing flight attendants in the U.S. brought the Federal Aviation Administration to court last week, urging the administration to reverse its decision from last year to permit passengers on commercial airlines to use mobile devices during takeoff and landing, the Associated Press reported today.

The Association of Flight Attendants argued on Friday that mobile devices have been distracting passengers while they should be paying attention to flight attendants’ safety demonstrations prior to takeoff. They also claim mobile devices could become a safety hazard in the hands of passengers, presumably posing the risk that they could fly out of their hands and injure others on the plane, the AP reported.

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Network World Colin Neagle