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By Amy McLean and Brian MurphyAssociated PressAssociated PressAPThe flight attendant who drove you to the airport last week could be the first person in the country to be required to wear a headset during work.
The Transportation Department is considering a rule change that would require all flight attendants to wear headsets, the first time they’ve been required to do so by the federal government since the government started requiring workers to wear earbuds during work in 2010.
And the move comes at a time when technology has advanced rapidly, and when airlines are increasingly turning to drones to take passengers to and from flights.
The Department of Labor is scheduled to announce its proposal on Tuesday.
For a flight attendant to be mandated to wear an earbud during a workday would be the second rule change in three years to require the earbuddy to be worn.
The first came in 2011, when the Labor Department required all flight crew to wear seatbelts.
“There is no question that we’re going to see more headsets as we move forward, and we think that we will continue to see the adoption of more and more headsets over time,” Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said Tuesday.
Passengers on board a United Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2017, in San Francisco.
There’s been a dramatic rise in the use of drones and other unmanned aircrafts for long-distance flights since last year, with airlines moving to use them to bring people into and out of cities.
Airlines are using drones for the first times since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to industry reports, with more than a dozen companies saying they are flying to more than 60 destinations in the United States in the last 12 months.
It is also becoming more difficult for people to take off and land drones.
In April, the FAA said it was requiring pilots to have headsets on at all times, as the FAA has not been able to keep up with the demand.
In April, an Alaska Airlines pilot who was killed when a drone hit his plane during a flight from Seattle to Anchorage reported that he and his passengers were required to turn their phones off and listen to the drone operator while the plane was flying at a low altitude.
But airlines have had other problems with using drones, with some states banning them outright and others allowing them only for specific types of flights.
As a result, airlines are now turning to more traditional technology to take their passengers.
When a flight takes off, an airline typically takes a passenger and a few crew members with it.
After the pilot gets to the destination, the pilot will fly a small drone in the direction of the flight, but he will also use a camera to check on passengers and the drone to keep an eye on the plane’s movements.
Once the flight is over, the drone will land and return to the plane.
Passengers typically wear their own headphones and earbuddies while flying.
Drones are relatively inexpensive, and can be used for commercial flights without a pilot.
Because the devices are smaller and cheaper than flying on a plane, they are also less likely to be tracked by the pilot, and the FAA recently proposed regulations to require pilots to wear their headsets while flying drones.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Duke said the agency is considering several factors, including cost and cost-benefit analysis, before it makes a final decision.
Currently, a flight crew member must wear an headset to work during the day, but she can also wear a device that allows her to monitor a nearby person.
This would require an earphone for the flight crew, but Duke said that could be easily upgraded with a headset that would be compatible with a smartphone or tablet.
If that technology were adopted, a person could get a smartphone to record the flight in real time, and could record the data remotely, Duke said.
That could be useful for passengers who need to be able to follow their flight as it happens on the ground, or people who need their phones to be on when they’re not working.
Airline pilots have also been asked to wear headphones during their flights, but that is also a step away from requiring the flight attendants, Chao said.
Duke said it is too soon to know what the impact of the rule change will be on flights.
She said the FAA would have to make a decision on how to implement the rule before it is finalized.
An earlier version of this story misstated that an Alaska pilot died while trying to land a drone.