Flight Attendant Union Helps To Shape Future Use Of Portable Electronic Devices On Aircraft

Washington, DC, January 15, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) joined government and industry experts this week to discuss the future of in-flight use of portable electronic devices. The committee, organized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been tasked with evaluating regulations, policies and procedures that attempt to manage the safe use of portable electronic devices during flight.

“Flight Attendants have long been concerned about the potential for disruptions to safety and security from the use of portable electronic devices on commercial flights. Responsible for responding to any emergency as the last line of defense, we are prepared to have this important discussion on how the use of these devices present complex challenges for Flight Attendants in the cabin. Working in collaboration with the FAA, other federal agencies and various industry experts, AFA will assist efforts to evaluate these important issues and work to ensure that our nation’s aviation system is the safest in the world.”

The committee will meet for six months before offering recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org .

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