FAA allows cellphones and tablets to be used "gate to gate"
posted by Alan F. / Oct 31, 2013, 10:36 AM
Most new aircraft will be able to meet the FAA's criteria, but it will depend on how quickly the airlines spend the money to fix up older planes that will determine how wide the new regulation reaches. And those bringing a connected device on a plane will have to remain on Airplane Mode under 10,000 feet which means no internet connections, texting, email or anything data related can be done on a device at that level. Those toting a laptop will have to stow it until the plane starts cruising at 10,000 feet.
Members of the traveling public appear to be satisfied by the FAA ruling. Over the last few years, it had become apparent that worries about electronic interference causing planes to plummet to earth were overblown. Many cellphone and tablet users reported that they "accidentally" left their device on during an entire flight and lived to tell the tale.
The issue of whether or not interference could down a jetliner became fodder for the media in 2011 when actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off a plane for refusing to turn off his iPhone in the middle of a Words With Friends game.
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Finally. Hope that this becomes true on international flights too.
posted on Oct 31, 2013, 10:49 AM 0
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I find it interesting too that bluetooth devices ARE allowed also.
posted on Oct 31, 2013, 10:58 AM 1
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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?
posted on Oct 31, 2013, 11:42 AM 1
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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.
posted on Nov 04, 2013, 2:39 PM 0
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