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UNITED AIRLINES PROHIBITS USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS

 CHICAGO, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that effective July 1, it will prohibit the use of portable electronic devices, such as laptop computers and compact disc players, onboard its aircraft during takeoffs and landings.
 United said its policy was developed to address the possibility of such devices causing electromagnetic interference with cockpit navigation or communications systems when aircraft are on the ground or flying below 10,000 feet -- the most critical phase of aircraft operation.
 "We have not experienced any safety problems with these devices, but enough questions have been raised in the industry to prompt us to implement this policy as a precautionary measure until further study determines if any safety hazard exists," said Ed Soliday, United's director-corporate safety and security.
 Excluded from the new policy are electronic medical devices -- such as hearing aids and heart pacemakers -- and electronic watches, which may be used onboard an aircraft at any time.
 United said when an aircraft is flying at or above 10,000 feet -- which normally occurs within 10 minutes of takeoff and until 10 minutes before landing -- passengers may use the following devices:
 -- compact disc players;
 -- electronic cameras (film or video);
 -- electric shavers;
 -- hand-held electronic calculators;
 -- hand-held electronic games;
 -- portable audio tape players;
 -- portable video players (tape playback only);
 -- portable voice recorders (dictation equipment);
 -- portable computers with accessory printers and tape
 or disk drives.
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 /CONTACT: John Kiker, 708-952-4162, Joe Hopkins, 708-952-5770, night, 708-952-4088, or investor, Pamela Hanlon, 708-952-7501, all of United Airlines Corporate Communications/
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