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Court: FAA can allow cellphones during takeoff and landing

A federal appeals court says aviation officials acted within their authority in clearing passengers to use cellphone and other electronics during takeoffs and landings. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday the government has always had discretion on how to handle issues such as portable electronics. The nation's largest flight attendants union said it wanted airline passengers to return to stowing cellphones and other electronics during takeoffs and landings. The union argued that such devices can distract passengers from safety announcements and become dangerous projectiles. The union also said the Federal Aviation Administration's decision in 2013 changed an agency regulation without steps required by law. But the appeals court said the FAA was free to change its interpretation of the rules.

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Suits challenge FAA rules on drones, model aircraft

Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights.

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FAA: Controllers working exhausting schedule

Air traffic controllers are at greater risk for fatigue, errors and accidents because they work schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they'll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, according to a government-sponsored report.

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Strong opposition to in-flight calls, poll finds

WASHINGTON — As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal Communications Commission will officially start the ...

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