The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday revoked the licenses of two pilots who lost radio contact with air traffic control and flew 150 miles beyond their destination. In its emergency order, the FAA said the pilots acted "carelessly and recklessly" in violating airline policy by using personal laptop computers in the cockpit. The pilots have 10 days to appeal, and the Air Line Pilots Association is providing them with lawyers. Meanwhile, Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta pilots union, accused the NTSB of "a breach of the trust and special confidence [by] prematurely releasing self-disclosed information" in the case. Moak said the NTSB's "abandonment of due process" would undermine self-disclosure programs that improve aviation safety.

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