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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The New York Times called the rule that passengers need to wait until the plane reaches 10,000 feet "outdated," and even brought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.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 kleinma on 12/14/2011 11:57:47 AM , Rating: -1
Yeah those assholes making you turn off your electronics for 5 minutes before and after the flight. Sons of bitches. They should be shot and hung. Such a huge inconvenience to be without electronics while sitting still for 5 minutes. Those evil, evil bastards.

RE: A load of BS
By mcnabney on 12/14/2011 2:11:14 PM , Rating: 4
It actually took away one of the great joys of life. Accelerating down the runway with music blaring on your audio device is quite the pleasure. No electronics means dead silence and nothing to think about besides how carefully the airline follows Boeing's maintenance schedule.

RE: A load of BS
By arazok on 12/14/2011 3:08:23 PM , Rating: 4
HA! I frequently fly with a co-worker who's terrified of flying. I'm going to plant that one in his head next time we fly!

RE: A load of BS
By Keeir on 12/15/2011 7:17:42 PM , Rating: 2

I'd be more worried about the pilot....

RE: A load of BS
By espaghetti on 12/16/2011 12:02:42 AM , Rating: 2
$1600 for 4 tickets, bought 4 months in advance for myself, wife, 2 kids under 5 years old that slept the whole way there and back from Memphis to Orlando. A bags of peanuts and half a can of soda or water for each of us. Cramped crappy seats....... I should've been left alone, at least to check out DT whenever I wanted.

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