Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who serves as the chairman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation issues, released a statement today cautioning the use of iPads and other tablet devices on U.S. flights. Rockefeller warned that having access to the Internet and entertainment during flights could impact safety.
"Having access to e-mail or a movie is not worth compromising the safety of any flight," Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement. "While today's ruling is an added convenience for consumers, we must keep in mind that safety is always our foremost concern when making improvements to the passenger experience on flights. I’m confident the FAA will conduct exhaustive oversight of the entire process, and I expect the airlines to conduct thorough assessments on their fleets before they let passengers use electronic devices."
The FAA announced earlier today that that it would allow "gate-to-gate" use of devices that can be used in "airplane mode," without cellular service.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tells The Hill that these changes will not impact passenger safety in a negative way.
"These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future," Foxx said in a statement.
Source: The Hill