Appeals court says US agency can allow passengers to use cellphones during takeoff and landing

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Appeals court says US agency can allow passengers to use cellphones during takeoff and landing


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Court: US can allow cellphones during takeoff and landing

by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press8 May 2015 11:15-04:00

(AP) — A U.S. appeals court says aviation officials acted within their authority in clearing passengers to use cellphone and other electronics during takeoffs and landings.

The court ruled Friday the government has always had discretion on how to handle issues such as portable electronics.

The nation’s largest flight attendants union said it wanted airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings.

The union argued that such devices can distract passengers from safety announcements and become dangerous projectiles. The union also said the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision in 2013 changed an agency regulation without steps required by law.

But the appeals court said the FAA was free to change its interpretation of the rules.


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