Print 24 comment(s) - last by Voodoochild54.. on Aug 29 at 1:36 PM

  (Source: NBC Universal)

The committee will be formed this fall with recommendations due in March 2013

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be forming a committee soon to investigate whether the use of electronic devices can be increased on planes.
The FAA will form the committee this fall with the intention to study the issue for six months. Recommendations should be available in March 2013, but any real actions could take longer. 
The committee will consist of pilots, airplane makers, airlines, flight attendants, mobile technology companies, passenger associations and even the public. 
This study focuses on whether passengers on an airplane can use tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing. The FAA was adamant about passengers not using electronics below 10,000 feet because of concerns regarding interference with aviation systems needed to fly the plane. Since there are so many types of tablets and e-readers, where each individual gadget would have to be tested, the FAA banned them all
However, many argued that there is no scientific proof that these devices cause interference. Also, American Airlines pilots were allowed to use iPads in the cockpits starting in December 2011, which raised further questioning. 
Back in March, the FAA said it would review the rules regarding the use of tablets and e-readers on airplanes during takeoff and landing. 
"With the advent of new and evolving electronic technology, and because the airlines have not conducted the testing necessary to approve the use of new devices, the FAA is taking a fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices, other than cell phones, on aircraft," said Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the FAA.

Source: The Federal Aviation Administration

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Reality check
By Beenthere on 8/28/2012 1:23:33 PM , Rating: -1
If some folks can't live without their PC toys fro 20 minutes during take-off and landing, they should take a bus instead of flying. I'm not the least bit concerned with their addictions. They should seek professional help for their affliction. I am more concerned with ANY potential electronic interference that could result in flight issues - which far outweights some fools PC entertainment addiction.

RE: Reality check
By Dorkyman on 8/28/2012 1:34:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, let's just ban all electronic devices altogether on planes, and also ban any use on Sundays.

Also, there is NO interference. As a pilot I've followed this issue from the beginning.

RE: Reality check
By Amiga500 on 8/28/2012 1:41:03 PM , Rating: 2
There are no electronic issues.

If someone wanted to actively try to screw with the plane, they would have concealed devices running far more electronic noise that the cabin crew could never spot. Its ridiculous.

What annoys me is not being able to listen to music when sitting bored on the flight waiting to go or get on the ground.

RE: Reality check
By chmilz on 8/28/2012 1:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm willing to bet all my money that every single commercial that takes off has a massive number of phones simply turned to silent and stuffed into pockets or carry-on. Tablets, laptops, phones, Nintendo DS, with wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, or cellular capability are on and simply out of sight, and nothing is crashing.

It's simply pointless. Make it illegal to talk on the phone or video chat simply to avoid annoying people, but let me watch my video or listen to music, it doesn't, will not, nor ever will harm anyone.

RE: Reality check
By 440sixpack on 8/28/2012 3:02:48 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Reality check
By Myrandex on 8/28/2012 2:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing to do with electronics...People read books and magazines on takeoff and landing, do they need to put them down as well?

Plus with the screaming child behind me while landing just last week, I would have much preferred to put in the headphones and crank up the volume.

And if Pilots can use an iPad during a takeoff, then there is no interference. Plus an e-ink ereader is practically off while displaying the page, leaving the e-ink in place for reading purposes. Much less interference then that allowed iPad would cause...

RE: Reality check
By tayb on 8/28/2012 2:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Well, we wouldn't want wittle beenthere to feel unsafe now would we... even if the monsters under the bed aren't weal.

RE: Reality check
By TakinYourPoints on 8/28/2012 4:20:41 PM , Rating: 1

Plus I'm not about to start carrying books or newspapers when I have my Kindle, that's ridiculous. :)

RE: Reality check
By Voodoochild54 on 8/29/12, Rating: 0
"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki