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APEX, CEA to Moderate CES Panel on FAA, Use of Personal Electronics Inflight

Monday, January 7, 2013  
(NEW YORK) – The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) – in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association – will lead an in-depth panel discussion on how legislative developments in the United States could significantly change the inflight experience for the traveling public. As the leading global organization devoted to the inflight experience, APEX has teamed up with CEA to present “Taking Flight: New Approaches to the Use of Consumer Electronics on Airplanes” at the 2013 international CES in Las Vegas, Nev. USA.

The 2013 International CES will be 7 through 10 January, and the APEX/CEA panel discussion will be 14:30 – 15:30 10 January as part of the CES Innovation Policy Summit.

“The APEX panel session this year will be especially interesting, considering the U.S. government’s current review of policies related to personal electronic devices and air travel,” said Lauren Beneri, APEX director for programs and services. “Our panelists will offer a range of unique perspectives as they compare restrictions in the United States with regulations elsewhere.”

In response to consumer interest, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year formed a group of government and industry professionals to study existing laws pertaining to use of portable electronic devices onboard aircraft. For years, the United States has limited, and in some cases prohibited, use of certain devices inflight for fear of possible electronic interference and other safety concerns. The U.S. Congress, however, ordered the FAA to re-examine that policy to determine when electronic devices can safely be used during flight.

As an association, APEX is devoted to enhancing the passenger experience.

The APEX/CEA panel discussion will break down how restrictive policies have impacted the airline industry. Moderated by Jonathan Norris, executive director, APEX Media Platforms, the panel will cover such topics as innovation, passenger convenience and potential regional disadvantages resulting from current law. The panel will include the following speakers:

  • Pat Bjordal - President & CEO, AeroMobile
  • Patrick Brannelly - Vice President, Corporate Communications, Product, Publishing, Digital & Events, Emirates Airlines
  • Kate Hanni - Founder, FlyersRights.org
  • Paul Misener - Vice President, Global Public Policy, Amazon.com
  • Captain Derek Spicer - Senior Training Captain

About APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience: from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and inflight dining.

Chris Peterson, Communications Specialist, APEX

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