Aviation Professionals Should Take Cock-Pit Distractions Seriously

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New policy on laptops in the cock-pit.

Airlines have to enforce policies that make sure pilots pay attention when in the cock-pit, and not on laptops or other devices- the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration explained.

It referenced the October Northwest Airlines Flight 188 occurrence when pilots shot-over its destination because of laptops, or “me me” tasks. Northwest’s policy prohibits the use of laptops while in the cock-pit by pilots.

The pilots associated with the Flight 188 episode had their licenses revoked, but they have the option of reapplying for them in August 2010.

“Every aviation professional needs to take the issue of distractions in the cockpit seriously,” Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator.

“And when there are two or more professionals on the flight deck, they must hold each other to the highest safety standards. Allowing distractions is unacceptable.”

Laptops are used as part of a pilot’s job, routine. Laptops can only be used in the cockpit if it helps with a pilot’s job per new guidelines.