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FAA advisory panel recommends use of personal gadgets during takeoff and landing

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:05

According to a report from the AP, a 28member FAA advisory committee recommended that airline passengers be allowed to use a wide array of personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing. The list of devices includes smartphones, tablets and eReaders; if true, this report doesn't really surprise anyone since back in March 2012, the FAA had announced that it was going to seek wider usage of personal gadgets...

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posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:11

1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

i have been using my phone on board!! (airplane mode)
none of the flight attendants have said anything to me!!

in international flights too i've used my tab for watching movies n phone for listening music!

but if it is official now!
its even better :D

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:19

3. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:39

4. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

truly said!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:11 1

2. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Dont understand why using electronics was every restricted in the first place.
planes never crashed by those home electronics. planes work on much different frequencies.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:12

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

I guess the main reason was because of terrorists who might use it as a exploit , some older aircraft can be hacked using a modified Android device which can take over the autopilot system .

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:12 2

7. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

I work for an airplane manufacturer. Use of these devices has been restricted because they have not been proven to not interfere with the airplane systems. And that is the standard. And since there are tens of thousands of potential devices to test, with hundreds more coming out every year, it is nearly impossible to test all possible devices.

Airplane systems are shielded to some extent, but without conducting thorough EMI testing, there is no way to say conclusively that there won't be any interference. Therefore, these devices have to be considered unsafe by FAA rule. Any electronic device on an airplane must be tested to these same standards, including in-flight entertainment systems installed in the seats, galley ovens, light fixtures, etc. Testing every hand-held electronic device from cell phones to tablets to five dollar electronic battleship games would be impossible for airplane manufacturers due to the time and expense for the testing. Unless the FAA changes the rule for how to test or whether to test, these devices cannot be used safely on airplanes during the critical phases of flight in the airport environment.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:03 1

5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

I'm pretty sure that if the phone's on flight mode it won't affect anything.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 13:04

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Proud of Claire, one of the few sane politicians in Missouri :)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 22:35

9. TattooedMailman (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Mar 2013)

I have ignored or simply forgotten when they would make the announcement to turn off personal electronics. Needless to say the plane didn't crash because my Facebook was syncing to my phone during take off

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