Posted: Nov 3, 2009 7:14 AM by Associated Press
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.