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#1 sChiZoO14



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Posted 17 October 2014 - 01:33 PM

Electronics usage on planes in the US is facing possible restrictions during take-offs and landings.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year submitted a notice that led to the lifting of rules preventing people from using technology during the start and end of a flight, but the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) want to see these restrictions reinstated.

A lawsuit was first filed against the FAA by the association in December last year (2013), but details have just been made public.

The AFA argue that passengers can potentially ignore important announcements if using electronic devices at the same time.

They also claim that allowing the use of technology at these stages clashes with federal regulations which state that passengers must keep all items packed away during certain times of a flight.

However, the FAA claim that fliers are in fact allowed to keep smaller devices in their hands at all times in a flight.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Amanda Duré, attorney for the flight attendants, as saying: "Essentially we want to set the reset button to the way personal electronic devices were handled prior to October 2013."

She added that take off and landing "are the two most critical phases of flight with the most chance of turbulence and accidents".

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