Saturday, 5 May 2012

Delta passenger who filmed bird strike warned by FAA

A passenger aboard a Delta Air Lines, Inc. flight who filmed a bird strike that caused an emergency landing has been warned by the Federal Aviation Administration to follow rules regarding electronic devices or face a penalty next time, reports CNN.
On April 19, Grant Cardone was aboard a Delta (NYSE: DAL) flight bound for Los Angeles that made an emergency landing atJohn F. Kennedy International Airportin New York after encountering an engine problem the pilot said was caused by a bird strike. Cardone filmed the incident out of a plane window and the video was posted on website
The FAA investigated and sent Cardone a letter after the story received widespread media attention, CNN reported.
The FAA requires that portable electronic devices be turned off during critical phases of flight, CNN said. The rule aims to prevent interference with the aircraft’s navigation and communication systems.
Cardone, who is identified on the site as an international business expert, told CNN that while he is certainly not above the law, the rule does not make a lot of sense.
"To think that a device, a telephone or this iPad can take down a plane is ridiculous, because figure 90 percent of all people in America now have an iPhone on them," Cardone said. "Nineteen percent of all people have a tablet of some sort. If only 10 percent of passengers on that plane had their device in the on position, thousands of planes would fall out of the sky every day."
Click here to see the video.

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