Federal Aviation Administration

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is claiming some of the credit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement that it will allow expanded use of portable electronic devices – but no telephone calls on cell phones – on commercial airplanes.

“Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions,” the FAA said in a press release.

McCaskill Wants Electronics On Flights

Dec 12, 2012
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Not being able to use an electronic device on a flight is something that annoys everybody who flies, but not every annoyed flyer sits on the senate committee that presides over aviation policy. But it just so happens that Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill does.

On Tuesday, McCaskill wrote the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, telling him that he needs to update the "dated" and "absurd" policy. McCaskill threatened to pursue "legislative solutions" if he moves too slowly.