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News Digest DOT 32-14

DOT Awards San Francisco-Haneda Rights to UnitedThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved United Airlines’ application to serve Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport from San Francisco, Calif., making final its proposed decision issued February 28.  Under a U.S.-Japan agreement, U.S.

FAA allows airlines to expand use of personal electronic devices

The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing airlines to expand passengers' use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight--yes, that means while your aircraft is taxiing, taking off, and landing.

Now, expanded use will not happen overnight. But eventually, passengers will be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions.

Photo of a middle aged man playing Angry Birds on his laptop aboard an airplane

U.S. Department of Transportation Provides Guidance to Airlines, Ticket Agents on Code-Share Disclosure Requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office today provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.

No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours in October

The nation’s largest airlines reported no flights in October with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from 11 flights in October 2009, with a slight decrease in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).   This is the first month there were no tarmac delays of more than three hours by the reporting carriers since the Department began collecting more comprehensive tarmac delay data in October 2008.