House passes sleep apnea bill

Friday, February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Feb. 11 passed a bill that would require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to go through a rulemaking process before implementing a new sleep apnea policy. The bill, introduced by Reps. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., and Rick Larsen, D-Wash., will likely slow down the FAA’s plans to require pilots with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater to undergo testing for sleep apnea. There’s a nearly identical bill in the Senate.