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Senator pushes FAA to act faster on electronic devices in flight


Frustrated that the FAA is acting too slowly in reviewing restrictions on in-flight electronics, Sen. Claire McCaskill said she would introduce legislation to force the issue if the agency doesn’t speed up its process. In a letter last week, McCaskill (D-Mo.) said that the FAA’s rules are outdated and contradictory, since the agency earlier this year said that iPads could be used in the cockpit in all phases of flight in lieu of paper charts and approach plates. The letter asserted that the FAA’s current rules, which only allow inflight electronics above 10,000 feet, aren’t based on any scientific rationale, and that failing to update the rules will cause passengers to lose faith in the agency’s regulatory abilities.