U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
Effective Date: 10/31/13
Cancellation Date: 10/31/14
Expanded Use of Passenger Portable Electronic
1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice provides guidance to aviation
safety inspectors (ASI) providing oversight of Title 14 of the Code of Federal
Regulations (14 CFR) parts
91 subpart K (part
125 (including Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) 125M), and
135 certificate holders implementing policy that allows expanded use of
passenger-supplied portable electronic devices (PEDs) throughout various phases
of flight. This notice also includes information about the PED Focus Team (PFT)
established to support ASIs in reviewing, evaluating, and accepting the operatorís
proposals for expanded use of PEDs.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS) field offices (Flight
Standards District Offices (FSDO)), certificate management offices (CMO), and
ASIs with oversight responsibility of aircraft operations conducted under parts
135. The secondary audience includes AFS divisions, branches, regions, and
3. Where You Can Find This Notice. Inspectors can access this
notice through the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at
Operators and the public can find this notice at
This notice is available to the public at
4. Background. On January 7, 2013, the FAA established the PED
Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to provide a forum for the U.S. aviation
community and government regulatory groups to review PED policy and guidance.
This ARC was tasked with making recommendations on allowing additional passenger
PED usage without compromising the continued safe operation of the aircraft.
The ARC submitted its final report and recommendations to the FAA on September
30, 2013. The report contains recommendations that can be implemented in the
very near term, as well as changes in policy and guidance that need additional
time to be considered and implemented.
5. PED Use Determination. Sections
135.144 establish the regulatory requirements for the use of PEDs. The regulations
permit the unrestricted use of portable voice recorders, hearing aids, heart
pacemakers, and electric shavers. Additionally, the regulations permit the use
of ďany other portable electronic device that the operator of the aircraft has
determined will not cause interference with the navigation or communication
system of the aircraft on which it is to be used.Ē With the exception of the
four devices listed above, the aircraft operator is solely responsible for determining
which PEDs may be used on its aircraft. Each operatorís PED policy identifies
what types of devices may be used during which phase(s) of flight. Crewmembers
are responsible for informing passengers about the aircraft operatorís PED policy.
6. Guidance Documents for Operators. The PED ARC report identified
a method of expanding the use of passenger PEDs beyond what is typically approved
today. To support industry, the FAA has drafted InFO 13010 and an associated
Aid for Operators to provide initial guidance on an acceptable method for the
expanded use of passenger PEDs. This guidance and the ARC report can be found
at the following links:
7. PED Focus Team (PFT). Due to public interest, the FAA expects
aircraft operators to rapidly move to expand the use of passenger PEDs to additional
phases of flight. To support this anticipated activity and to facilitate standardization,
AFS has established the PFT to provide direct support to ASIs in expediting
the review and acceptance of an aircraft operatorís proposal to expand the use
of passenger PEDs. The PFT is comprised of individuals from the Air Transportation
Division (AFS-200) and the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300), the policy
divisions that have been involved in the PED ARC. ASIs should immediately contact
the PFT if assistance is needed or they have questions regarding acceptance
and/or approval of an operatorís program changes. The PFT will coordinate issues
with the requesting ASI. A dedicated email mailbox has been created to communicate
with the PFT. The email address is provided in the Action paragraph of this
notice. The PFT team lead is the manager of the Avionics Branch, AFS-360, who
can be reached at 202-385-6435.
8. Policy for Expansion of PED Use. Both technical and operational
concerns must be addressed when expanding use of passenger PEDs. The FAA has
developed an Aid for Operators as a tool for use when determining if expanded
PED use is appropriate. The paragraphs below outline the general areas to be
addressed and provide guidance to ASIs for reviewing an operatorís proposal.
Refer to InFO 13010 and the associated Aid for Operators for more detailed information
and immediately contact the PFT with any questions or concerns.
a. PED Use Determination Ė Technical. To comply with ßß
135.144, the operator must make a determination that use of passenger PEDs
will not interfere with the aircraftís navigation and communications systems.
The Aid for Operators contains information about an acceptable method of compliance
to assist in making this determination. The FAA does not approve an operatorís
finding of non-interference. An ASI should accept a proposal consistent with
the guidance in InFO 13010 and the associated Aid for Operators. Contact the
PFT if assistance is needed on determining the acceptability of an operatorís
proposal for expanded PED use.
b. PED Use Determination Ė Operational. Expanding PED use to
other phases of flight may require an operator to revise various parts of its
policies, manuals, and passenger information literature. Communication of the
changes to crewmembers and passengers is critical to support the expanded use
of passenger PEDs. Contact the PFT if you need assistance to determine the acceptability
of an operatorís proposed program changes.
(1) Flight Manuals/Handbooks/Checklists. Operator procedural and communications
checklists for Normal, Abnormal, and Emergency operations may need revisions
and approvals as applicable.
(2) Pre-Departure Safety Briefing. Operator procedures should address the
expanded use of passenger PEDs during the safety briefing. Operators should
ensure compliance with 14 CFR Part
382, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
in Air Travel, when developing the expanded PED policy.
(3) PED Securing and Stowage. An operator may need to revise its approved
carry-on baggage program to allow expanded use of passenger PEDs. Appendix G
of the PED ARC Report provides considerations for an operator when establishing
policy and guidance for securing and stowing PEDs. Allowing expanded use of
passenger PEDs into the takeoff and landing phases of flight may change the
flight attendantís (F/A) responsibilities from confronting and reporting passenger
noncompliance to informing passengers of the content of PED policy. F/As should
inform passengers regarding the safest way to secure and stow all items. An
expanded operatorís program should address the following general concerns (as
∑ Large PED, such as full-size laptops, must be safely stowed so
as not to present a hazard in the event of severe turbulence, crash forces,
or emergency egress.
∑ PED policy should define ďsmall PEDsĒ and describe how these items
may safely remain powered on, as long as they are secure (not loose) during
takeoff and landing. For example, the passenger may have a small PED secured
in-hand, in a belt or arm holster or in a pant pocket.
∑ PED cords or accessories must not impede emergency egress.
∑ PED policy should still prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.
9. Action. Process requests for expanded use of passenger PEDs
by following the information in this notice. ASIs in need of additional information
or assistance with their review and acceptance/approval of an operatorís proposal
for expanded use of passenger PEDs should contact the PFT using email address
PEDSAT@faa.gov or call the PFT team lead at 202-385-4292.
10. Disposition. We will incorporate the information in this notice
into Order 8900.1 before this notice expires. Direct questions concerning the
information in this notice to the AFS-200/AFS-300 PFT team lead at 202-385-4292.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ John Barbagallo for
John S. Duncan
Director, Flight Standards Service