FCC Pressures FAA to Allow Greater Use of Mobile Devices During Flights
December 7, 2012 8:42 AM
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FCC pledges to help the FAA in the review
Everyone knows that electronics we commonly use such as smartphones, tablets, and digital readers don't really interfere with the electronics inside an aircraft. This fact was proven accurate when
some airlines began issuing pilots iPads containing manuals
and other content with approvals to use them during any aspect of flight.
Despite the fact that the pilot in the cockpit can use his or her iPad during takeoff, flight, and landings, passengers in the back of the plane had to turn off all of their devices until the aircraft reached cruising altitude. The FCC is now pressuring the FAA to allow greater use of electronic devices during flights. FCC Chairman Julius Genachkowski recently called on the FAA to "enable greater use of tablets, E-readers, and other portable devices" during flights.
Considering that these devices are already approved for use while aircraft are at a safe cruising altitude, it only makes sense that the expanded usage privileges would extend to takeoff and landing as well.
Pilots can already use iPads during the entire flight [Image Soure: The AirplaneNut]
The FAA previously launched a
to review policies on in-flight use of electronic devices. However, the study did note that the FAA was not considering allowing voice communications during flights on smartphones and other mobile devices.
"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski writes. "They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."
Genachowski placed in the letter that the FCC would work with the FAA, airlines, and device manufacturers during the review.
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12/7/2012 9:44:47 AM
I think that I experienced a possible future about 20 years ago. At that time, the airlines had installed "Airphones" in the seatbacks that allowed one to make incredibly expensive phone calls. I had been bumped up to first class for a 3-hour flight and was looking forward to a nice flight. The person next to me, however, made it impossible. He was on that airphone almost the entire flight. I guess that he was the owner of the company because he was berating employees and being loud and obnoxious with associates and friends. He made several phone calls and the more he drank, the louder he got. It was non-stop hell for the entire flight. I hope that voice calling is
allowed on flights.
RE: First-hand experience
12/7/2012 1:03:28 PM
When that happens in any circumstance (Plane, store, etc) I just join the conversation, obviousley they want me to be a part of it by talking so loud that I have no choice but to listen. You should have offered your opinion on whatever topics he was talking about.
RE: First-hand experience
12/8/2012 4:53:29 AM
Simple solution is just to make sound dampened phone booths in the plane.
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