FAA allows cellphones and tablets to be used "gate to gate"
0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2013, 10:36 posted on
The FAA has announced on Thursday that it will now allow airline passengers to use their electronic devices throughout an entire flight or "gate to gate" as it is called; passengers will be able to work, read, watch movies or listen to music, but will not be allowed to make phone calls from their handsets. The ruling will go into affect for certain aircraft that meet the FAA criteria for protecting a plane's navigational equipment from interference...
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1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2259; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Finally. Hope that this becomes true on international flights too.
15. Augustine (Posts: 613; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
This has been true, as well as cell phone calls during the flight, in Europe for years.
2. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I find it interesting too that bluetooth devices ARE allowed also.
4. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, logically, if someone is using bluetooth headphones... but I had that same thought.
12. andynaija (Posts: 424; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
I think they're allowed because it releases low power compared to cellular radio or Wi-Fi
3. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The government got something right for once? Weird.
7. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
They should have made this decision over 30 years ago!
6. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
That picher sure is misleading because you can do everything else but make a call. Are they lettin people check email and other stuff to?
8. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Call me skeptical - once you've got the devices on, how are they going to stop you from making calls? And above 10,000 feet, data connections are OK but not calls? Say what?
14. Augustine (Posts: 613; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
It seems that the cell towers in the US cannot handover a phone in an airplane quickly enough, so the phone can't keep the link with the tower for long enough to be able to make a call.
9. LindaC (Posts: 10; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I wonder if I have to switch my phone to airplane mode all the time?
10. donfem (Posts: 515; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Irritatingly idiotic persons with no phone etiquette will misuse the opportunity with their annoyingly loud conversations which no one is interested in. :(
11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I always turn it on or off until the pilot says its safe to use your phone or computer. think its a bad desicion
13. Augustine (Posts: 613; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Finally! Europe has allowed not only using electronic devices in flight, but also cell phones for years. The airplanes are the same and so are the electronic devices there as stateside. The only difference is the governmental busybodies in charge.