FAA accuses man of endangering flight

May 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- A man who filmed birds being sucked into a plane engine during takeoff from New York says the Federal Aviation Administration is targeting him.

Delta Flight 1063, headed for Los Angeles, turned around and landed safely at John F. Kennedy airport on April 19, but Grant Cardone's video, taken on his iPad, went viral, even appearing on television.

FAA inspectors saw the video and sent Cardone an official letter accusing him of putting other passengers in danger by using his iPad during takeoff. "Your failure to comply with flight attendant instructions during a critical phase of flight and an aircraft emergency could have affected the safe outcome of the flight," the letter read.

Cardone told the New York Post the FAA is not reprimanding him, however, the letter "will be made a matter of record for a period of two years."

"If there is even a minute chance that an iPad could take a plane down then it is the FAA's obligation to ban the devices from flight or require the airlines to confiscate them when you check in," Cardone said.

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