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Nov 3, 2009 9:14 AM by Associated Press

Lawmakers seek ban on laptops in airliner cockpits

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are moving to prohibit the use of computer laptops in airline cockpits. The idea is to prevent another incident like the one in which a Northwest Airlines plane overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, the chairman of the aviation subcommittee, says his staff is working on a bill that he expects to introduce in about a week. Dorgan says the incident proves this sort of thing can happen and there ought to be a more clear understanding by everyone in the cockpit that they need to take it seriously.

Several other senators are expressing their support.

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