US court dismissed lawsuit asking for gadget ban during takeoff & landing

May 10, 2015: When you board a flight next time while saying a goodbye to your loved ones, make sure to say thank you to US court of Appeals. Well, it's because in latest ruling last week, A Washington DC court dismissed an appeal challenging the authority of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow the use of electronic devices to passengers during takeoff and landing.
The appeal was made by Association of Flights attendants (AFA), suing the administrator of FAA Michael Huerta, against their agency decision to authorize airlines to let passengers use electronic devices. The FAA allowed 31 airlines to do so since 2013.

Well, you may be wondering why AFA could be having any problem with this decision of FAA? Here's what court found, and as arstechnica reports it:

"In this case, it really does not matter whether Notice N8900.240 is viewed as a policy statement or an interpretive rule. The main point here is that the Notice is not a legislative rule carrying "the force and effect of law." Perez, 135 S. Ct. at 1204. A legislative rule "modifies or adds to a legal norm based on the agency's own authority" flowing from congressional delegation to engage in supplimentary law making. Syncor, 127 F.3d at 95.

The court of appeals also clearly states in its ruling that FAA within its right always to change the law as it pleases and allowing electronic devices were well within its purview.

Source: Arstechnica, Image by Flickr

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An Electronics Engineer by education, a part-time blogger by passion. He loves everything about technology, hence he writes about it. Interest includes Technology, Startups and Mobile Applications.
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