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Oct 28, 2009 9:44 AM by sleonard

Scrutiny expected for laptop use in cockpits

WASHINGTON (AP) - Aviation experts predict federal authorities will look long and hard at the use of laptops and other electronics in the cockpits of airplanes. Two Northwest Airlines pilots flew
150 miles past their destination last week because they say they were engrossed in a crew-scheduling program on their laptops. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says there are no rules that ban laptops or other electronic devices in the cockpit as long
as the plane is above 10,000 feet. Delta, Southwest and several other airlines say their policies forbid laptop use in the cockpit.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken has already called for a ban on personal laptops in cockpits.

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