imageALPA Statement on New FAA Guidelines for Inflight Use of Personal Electronic Devices
October 31, 2013 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding new guidelines that expand inflight use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during commercial flights. As members of the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), ALPA safety representatives contributed their expertise to help create the expanded guidelines.

“ALPA has consistently supported the expanded inflight use of PEDs, as long as it can be shown to be safe—this was ALPA’s goal in participating and remains our top priority. Use of PEDs must be free of any interference with onboard systems and with crewmembers’ ability to perform their safety duties. We believe that PEDs, like other loose items in the cabin, need to be stowed for takeoff and landing to ensure safety, and we are encouraged by the FAA’s emphasis of that need.”