FAA to airlines: Time to crack down on cockpit distractions

04/26/2010 | USA Today

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday will call on airlines to decrease distractions in the cockpit as a way to increase safety, according to USA TODAY. "There is no room for distraction when your job is to get people safely to their destinations," says a statement from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "The traveling public expects professional pilots to focus on flying and on safety at all times." The federal notice comes following pressure from the NTSB and a series of incidents in which pilots were distracted by computers, cell phones or extraneous chatter in the cockpit. A spokesman for the Air Transport Association says the industry already is examining ways to address the issue of cockpit distractions.

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