A passenger on a Delta Air Lines jet shot video last month of a flock of birds flying into the engine minutes after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport -- which was good -- but he took the picture using his iPad -- which was bad. The passenger, Grant Cardone, said this week that after his video was made public, he received a stern letter from the FAA saying they wouldn't take enforcement action against him, but would keep a record of the incident for two years. After that, presuming that Cardone refrains from further infractions, "the record will be expunged." Cardone told CNN he thinks the FAA reaction is "ridiculous."
"If truly these devices, phones, iPads are that dangerous, the FAA has a responsibility to ban them from planes," Cardone said. "If these electronics are dangerous to the American public, ban them from the planes today." The FAA said in its letter that Cardone's failure to comply with FAA rules requiring that electric devices be turned off "could have affected the safe outcome of the flight." After the bird strike, the airplane returned to JFK and landed safely on one engine, and nobody was hurt.