Arlington, Va. — Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, released a statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to let airlines expand passenger use of portable electronics devices (PEDs).
“CEA commends the FAA for implementing a comprehensive process and soliciting input from a broad array of stakeholders to develop these safety-based guidelines. This decision will bring policy on in-flight use of devices up to speed with the 21st century and allow passengers to continue to use their consumer electronics — including tablets, laptops and smartphones — for their work and leisure activities without significant interruptions for takeoff and landing,” Shapiro said.
“CEA appreciated the opportunity to serve as one of several stakeholders represented on the committee formally known as the Portable Electronic Devices Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PED ARC) which developed many of the recommendations incorporated into these new guidelines. CEA understands that the speed of implementation may vary among airlines, joins the FAA and the aviation community in continued support of cabin safety, and stands ready to support and partner with other stakeholders as we move forward.
“We thank the entire PED ARC, including CEA’s representative Douglas K. Johnson, VP of technology policy, for their leadership, contributions and efforts to create a comprehensive report of recommendations supporting broader use of PEDs for passengers,” he said.