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  (Source: NBC Universal)
Shutting down electronics while a plane was landing or taking off was always critical, but the FAA now says otherwise -- for pilots

Sorry, Alec Baldwin; you still can't play Words with Friends while a plane prepares for takeoff, because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decided Tuesday that only American Airlines pilots in the cockpit can use mobile electronics during that time.

The FAA doesn't allow passengers to use mobile electronics such as smartphones, tablets or Kindles during takeoff or landing because the use of such devices could interfere with sensitive electronics running the plane. They must wait until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet. However, the FAA announced Tuesday that American Airlines pilots in the cockpit no longer had to use paper flight mauals during those times, but could use iPads instead.

The FAA made this decision after conducting a test of the use of electronics in the cockpit, in an effort to potentially replace the use of paper manuals and charts. But some are wondering why a similar test couldn't have been carried out for passengers.

The New York Times called the rule that passengers need to wait until the plane reaches 10,000 feet "outdated," and even brought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements. The FAA said this is not true because passengers are still allowed to have books and magazines during those times.

The FAA responded to critics of the new rule by saying that only two iPads will be allowed in the cockpit; one for each pilot.

"This involves a significantly different scenario for potential interference than unlimited passenger use, which could involve dozens or even hundreds of devices at the same time," said the FAA.

It seems the FAA has a point, but critics still point out that the two iPads in the cockpit will be inches away from the sensitive airplane electronics in question.

Source: The New York Times

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Safety reasons
By vision33r on 12/14/2011 10:34:07 AM , Rating: 0
One reason to avoid having injuries is to ensure passengers do not have any object in their hands while the plane is taking off.

The amount of g-force during take-off can turn your ipad into a projectile if someone inadvertently tosses it in the air.

RE: Safety reasons
By Brandon Hill on 12/14/2011 10:36:51 AM , Rating: 3
I've never been told by a flight attendent to stow a book or magazine that I was reading during takeoff. A heavy book could be a potential "dangerous flying object" in a crash as well.

RE: Safety reasons
By tamalero on 12/14/2011 11:26:03 AM , Rating: 3
IT is still an educated way to die.. Ipads in the other hand.. are for hipsters.

RE: Safety reasons
By Keeir on 12/15/2011 7:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly Brandon there are limits what you as a passenger can hold in your (mass wise), rules about how heavy an object you can place under a seat, and about how heavy an object can be placed in the overhead bins.

If you were reading a heavy textbook (over 5 lbs) I wouldn't be surprized if you -were- instructed to stow it.

RE: Safety reasons
By Sunrise089 on 12/14/2011 10:46:33 AM , Rating: 3
If this is true it sounds like a GREAT idea to have those dangerous projectiles sitting in the cockpit where they can hit levers, break screens, knock the pilots unconscious, etc.

RE: Safety reasons
By MrBlastman on 12/14/2011 11:26:52 AM , Rating: 3
The amount of g-force during take-off can turn your ipad into a projectile if someone inadvertently tosses it in the air.

Oh please. At most, the lane is pulling 1.1 to 1.2 g's when the pilot pulls the wheel back (some newer planes use sticks) and lifts off from the runway. The same goes for the acceleration.

As far as I'm concerned, I just obey the rules. I know logically there shouldn't be a problem but, considering that takeoff is the most dangerous time of a flight (not landing, believe it or not unless there is inclement weather), I'd rather just be compliant than create a scene. Let the pilots do their jobs they are trained to do--flying the airplane. Show them respect rather than get them all pissed off and flustered before they go up in the air.

RE: Safety reasons
By Black1969ta on 12/14/2011 11:46:17 AM , Rating: 2
G Forces? Really there are more forces from turbulence than any take off, unless they have a new plan to shorten runways and add steam catapults like aircraft carriers!

Airplanes rarely even see over 1.5Gs

RE: Safety reasons
By Reclaimer77 on 12/14/2011 5:35:36 PM , Rating: 1
Did you fail physics class or something? If you toss an iPad in the air on a plane going down the runway, the relative speed difference between the passengers and iPad is zero. The iPad is traveling at the same speed as everyone and everything else on the plane!

Also they don't tell you to STOW electronic devices, they tell you to turn them off. Your post makes no sense for a variety of reasons.

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