Press release just in from Sen. Franken's staff:
RELEASE: Franken Calls for Ban on Laptops in Cockpits
“We don’t tolerate texting while driving and we’re certainly not standing
for it while flying,” said Sen. Franken. “It would be unthinkable to allow a
driver to use a laptop. A pilot responsible for the lives of dozens if not
hundreds of passengers needs to be that much more focused on the job.”
NTSB preliminary findings have stated that the source of the distraction was not a “heated discussion of airline policy” as originally claimed, but the use of laptops in the cockpit, which can obscure the view of dashboard instruments and further distract pilots.
While the use of personal computers was prohibited by company policy, there is no national ban on the behavior. Sen. Franken is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to create a regulation prohibiting any pilot of any airline from using a personal laptop while flying a plane.