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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The New York Times called the rule that passengers need to wait until the plane reaches 10,000 feet "outdated," and even brought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.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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RE: A load of BS
By quiksilvr on 12/14/2011 11:18:59 AM , Rating: 5
Actually, it's one of those "maybe we'll get hit by lightning which will spike the frequency on your device which will cause the flight attendant's silicon implants to vibrate to a resonance frequency which just so happens to match the plane's resonance frequency, causing a rip in the space time continuum and ending the world" scenarios. They think there is one random device that will fcuk up everything in some catastrophic way.


RE: A load of BS
By vignyan on 12/14/2011 11:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
If anything can go wrong, it will - Murphy


RE: A load of BS
By abscode on 12/14/2011 1:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Icecream man always drove extra blocks away. And I know he's seen us and sh!t, but I think he just be in the car with his friends and say: Watch me how fast I make these motherf*ckers run. - Eddie Murphy


RE: A load of BS
By Samus on 12/14/2011 5:34:14 PM , Rating: 4
It's all just another thing to make air travel that much more irritating. I look forward to being bent over at least half a dozen times within minutes of getting to the airport. The gang raping that happens to each passenger on a plane by staff, airline policy and FAA regulations is just the icing on the cake.

I love flying.


RE: A load of BS
By Hieyeck on 12/14/2011 11:54:41 AM , Rating: 2
Funny you mention that. Mythbusters tested breast implants at altitude as well.


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