Airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight in the United States
Arlington, Va., October 31, 2013 - The following statement is attributable to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today's announcement by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight in the United States and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance:
"CEA commends the FAA for implementing a comprehensive process and soliciting input from a broad array of stakeholders to develop these safety-based guidelines. This decision will bring policy on in-flight use of devices up to speed with the 21st century and allow passengers to continue to use their consumer electronics - including tablets, laptops and smartphones - for their work and leisure activities without significant interruptions for takeoff and landing.
"CEA appreciated the opportunity to serve as one of several stakeholders represented on the committee formally known as the Portable Electronic Devices Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PED ARC) which developed many of the recommendations incorporated into these new guidelines. CEA understands that the speed of implementation may vary among airlines, joins the FAA and the aviation community in continued support of cabin safety, and stands ready to support and partner with other stakeholders as we move forward.
"We thank the entire PED ARC, including CEA's representative Douglas K. Johnson, vice president of technology policy, for their leadership, contributions and efforts to create a comprehensive report of recommendations supporting broader use of PEDs for passengers."
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