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  (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

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RE: Reality check
By Voodoochild54 on 8/29/2012 1:36:01 PM , Rating: 0
I had to create an account just to get in on this.

I can't believe how childish some of these comments are. I am an electronic junkie, yet I totally agree with Beenthere. I am not to concerned about the interference part. However, has the entire world become so hopelessly addicted to having an electronic device stuffed under our noses that we feel the need to scream from the rooftops, or insult someone, any time someone asks us to turn off our i/edevice for a few minutes? Heaven forbid we are forced to be alone with our own thoughts or, *gasp*, interact with another human being.

I can't wait to read all the comments that show up April 2013 at the bottom of the article "FAA committee to investigate electronic use costs taxpayers millions".

For the record, my wife is a flight attendant. She gets calls from the pilots about electronics that are broadcasting signals in the cabin. She then has to find the culprit and fight with them to turn off the offending device even though they have already been asked, delaying the flight and inconveniencing everyone else. These are more than likely the same people that won't turn off their phones in a movie theater and the same lot complaining here.

Rate me down if you like. I can take it.

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