GBTA Applauds FAA Announcement That Gives Time Back to Busy Business Travelers

Oct 31, 2013, 12:33 ET from Global Business Travel Association

FAA Announces Safe for Airlines to Allow Use of Personal Electronic Devices

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this morning that it has determined that it is safe for airlines to allow the use of personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing and is acting immediately to provide airlines with new guidance for implementing the changes.


The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today issued a statement on the FAA announcement from Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick.

"Business travelers applaud the recommendations of the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee to allow greater use of personal electronic devices during flights. These busy road warriors will take every opportunity to stay connected with their customers and partners – the key to success. Although this is encouraging news, business travelers recognize that safety is the number one priority and must never be compromised. GBTA urges the FAA and the airlines to take the steps necessary to implement the new policies and to consider opportunities for even greater use of personal electronic devices. We will continue to monitor the testing and implementation phases to ensure all safety concerns are addressed."   

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