LaHood's Fight Against Distractions Expands to the Cockpit

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(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation, April 26) The Secretary of Transportation mentions his fight against distracted driving once a day, it seems -- his tenure will certainly be marked by this effort against drivers and their cell phones. In a sign of how tough that fight is amidst our tech-loaded lives though, the FAA announced today that it's bulking up crew training requirements to address temptations in the air. “Every aviation professional needs to take distractions in the cockpit seriously,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Who can forget to two Northwest pilots who flew past their destination because they were playing with personal laptops. Who writes the tickets at 30,000 feet?