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Published on : Saturday, November 2, 2013
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is welcoming yesterday’s announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allow passengers to use personal electronic devices during all phases of flight.
“Business and leisure travelers alike rely heavily on devices like iPads and Kindles while traveling – to communicate with colleagues, watch a movie with their children or even work with their travel agent to make last-minute changes to their itinerary,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “We applaud the FAA for taking steps to make flying a little less stressful without compromising safety.”
Under guidance issued by the FAA, airlines are now authorized to allow passengers to use personal electronics like iPads, Kindles and smartphones during all stages of flight. Under the new guidance, use of cellular telephones during flights will still be barred and electronic devices will have to be safely stowed during takeoffs and landings. But the agency said it expects most airlines to begin allowing gate-to-gate use of electronics in airplane mode by the end of the year. This policy change was recommended by a special FAA rulemaking committee, which concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from personal electronic devices. More information on the FAA’s announcement can be found here.
In February 2013 and again in October, ASTA co-signed a letter to the FAA with Expedia, Inc., Orbitz Worldwide, Sabre Holdings, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and the Business Travel Coalition expressing support for the expanded use of personal electronics in flight.