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FAA to loosen rules on in-flight electronic devices, says WSJ

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Airline passengers may be able to use their favorite electronic gadgets from takeoff to landing if new FAA guidelines come to pass. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to ease the restrictions on the use of certain devices at lower altitudes, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing "industry officials and draft recommendations prepared by a high-level advisory panel to FAA," the Journal reported on Friday that passengers would be spared from having to turn off all… (news.cnet.com) More...

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tyketto
Brad Littlejohn 3
And of course, the FAA delayed the decision by two months. Leaving this up to the airlines to make the call creates nothing but inconsistency, let alone not knowing which devices do what. The FAA needs to set the standard and then come.
preacher1
preacher1 1
You know, what is really funny, people been flying for a lot longer than cell phones have been out and it used to be that after the bathroom, you couldn't find a pay phone as they would get grabbed up by all the deplaning pax simply checking messages and then going on about their business. A coast to coast flight may last 4-5 hrs, depending on Origin-Destination. Is there really somebody besides POTUS that is important enough to HAVE to stay connected during that time? Are we that insecure now? Even allowing use at touchdown is a pain. With the FA trying to give connection information, which is helpful at an unfamilar airport, you are sitting in your seat trying to listen and a loudmouth fires up next to you to where you can't hear.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I flew Big Iron 135(corporate) for 39 years and have done fill in since then, but it is still the same. Putting the FAA and the FCC aside, we just used common sense; landings and takeoffs, under the 10,000' window, keep everything stowed and pay attention to the flight crew. Even though we had the same pax, there are still FA requirements for the back end and they are required to announce certain things each trip. In our case it has been modified to the extent possible, but our cardinal rule was that within that 10,000' envelope, we want people paying attention to their surroundings and know what to do in the event the unthinkable happens. While flying is safer than it ever has been, stuff does and will continue to happen. When it does, the last thing a flight crew needs is a bunch of pax panicing because they don't know what to do because they weren't paying attention to the safety briefing because they were engrossed in their electronic whatever.
preacher1
preacher1 1
I flew Big Iron 135(corporate) for 39 years and have done fill in since then, but it is still the same. Putting the FAA and the FCC aside, we just used common sense; landings and takeoffs, under the 10,000' window, keep everything stowed and pay attention to the flight crew. Even though we had the same pax, there are still FA requirements for the back end and they are required to announce certain things each trip. In our case it has been modified to the extent possible, but our cardinal rule was that within that 10,000' envelope, we want people paying attention to their surroundings and know what to do in the event the unthinkable happens. While flying is safer than it ever has been, stuff does and will continue to happen. When it does, the last thing a flight crew needs is a bunch of pax panicing because they don't know what to do because they weren't paying attention to the safety briefing because they were engrossed in their electronic whatever.
MattHinkle
Matt Hinkle 0
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FAA Moving Towards Allowing More Cellphone Use

story on wtop website. Like seeing FCC keeps the use in air restricted due to "annoyance factor".

http://www.wtop.com/256/3366133/FAA-moving-toward-allowing-more-cellphone-use