Senator Claire McCaskill drafting bill to allow in-flight electronics during takeoff and landing

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is making good on threats to force the Federal Aviation Administration’s hand on in-flight electronics use. After asking the FAA in December to speed up its reevaluation of whether things like laptops or e-readers were safe to use during takeoff and landing, McCaskill has now announced that she is working on a bill to loosen the rules. “Given my concerns with the agency’s lack of commitment to adopt changes to the current PED [personal electronic device] rules, I am beginning to draft legislation,” she says in a public letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (PDF). “In the coming weeks, I will be calling in various stakeholders to receive input on the issue, and I will be working with my colleagues to…

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