Question of the Week: A Laptop Ban in the Cockpit?

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Last week, we asked what disciplinary measures might be appropriate for the crew of Northwest Flight 188.

Your answers ran the gamut, but the most popular choice was that the emergency revocation of their tickets seems a little extreme. 33% of respondents chose that option, with the second most popular option (it's a tough penalty but justified under the circumstances) garnering 28% of the votes.

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The Northwest Airlines pilots who had their certificates revoked say they forgot to land in Minneapolis because they were using their laptops. Now Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) wants a federal law against laptops and "other personal electronic devices" in the cockpit. Is that really necessary?

Should the use of laptops and other portable electronic devices be banned in the cockpit?
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