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Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider ban on using electronic during takeoff and landing

Federal Aviation Administration to reconsider ban on using electronic during takeoff and landing
We’ve grown addicted to our smartphones and tablets, and for a good reason - they often contain tons of information about us, our plans, ideas, and recent surveys confirm that we’d give up a lot of things, just not our gadgets. And now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing that we need our devices more than ever, and is starting to reconsider the ban on using electronics during takeoff and landing.

The FAA is forming a new committee that will study the issue and see if it’s possible to allow using your phone, tablet, laptop, and portable device in general at all times on a flight. Here’s a brief description of all the issues the new committee will tackle:

The government-industry group will examine a variety of issues, including the testing methods aircraft operators use to determine which new technologies passengers can safely use aboard aircraft and when they can use them. The group will also look at the establishment of technological standards associated with the use of PEDs [portable electronic devices] during any phase of flight. The group will then present its recommendations to the FAA. The group will not consider the airborne use of cell phones for voice communications during flight.


The bad news? It will take a lot of time for the FAA to reach any kind of decision. The group is expected to finish its studies by March, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it takes months after that until the decision is approved.

source: FAA via Bloomberg

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posted on 28 Aug 2012, 02:59 7

1. achangavi (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)


It really doesn't matter if this goes through or not, the thing is people really shouldn't care about this. If we can't go half an hour when the plane takes-off or lands, without checking our email, or updating our facebook status, or doing anything on the internet then our society has a real problem.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 08:34 1

6. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Agreed. And it's not like if anything happened one could do anything about it any faster... Plane still has to land, still has to taxi, still has to get to the terminal, gate up, disembark passengers, and, if applicable, go through customs and the crowds, get any luggage. Very little is so important that a few minutes here or there by any one individual on a commercial flight will make a difference

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 09:49

7. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I'm thinking this is aimed at laptops more than cellphones since the original worry was the EM fields created by these electronics could potentially interfer with communications.
The irony in this is planes are jammed full of electronics (laptops and otherwise) during test flights and do just fine with communications.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 03:14

2. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Tell that to the people who make take off and landing videos anf post em on youtube. Other than that there are a bunch of airlines offering phone services and wifi so this really needs to happen.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 06:28

3. deacz (Posts: 149; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


main thing here is that you have to shut everything off and then wait for it to boot. I travel with my one X and transformer prime and its like a 5min job!

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 06:53 2

4. Allen3697 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I don't think it matters. It's the same thing with x-ray scanners at Airport Security. I'd rather be safe than sorry, and if that means scanning everyone and banning electronics, I'm okay with that.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 08:06 2

5. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 108; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


This is great for Alec Baldwin... Side note... Study after study shows that the use of the X-Ray scanners don't improve the ability to find dangerous and illegal items. It's a waste of time and money as well as am infringement on our individual liberties.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 12:43

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


X-ray machines? Unreasonable search and seizures,as per the 4th Amendment. A mute point though, having in view that we now assassinate people without any due process by remote control, American citizens or not all over the world. Now as far as electronics on the plane, I usually just use the time to take a quick nap.

posted on 28 Aug 2012, 14:42

9. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


This is why I always bring a real paperback book when I have to fly.

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