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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It's outright abuse
12/7/2012 11:28:25 AM
Inconsiderate fellow passengers annoying their seatmate and other passengers in flight should not be tolerated, let alone encouraged. In addition no one knows for sure what effect all of these electronic devices might have on fly-by-wire, sensitive cockpit instruments and sensors. Hopefully after the first plane crash from "unknown causes", all electronics will be banned for use during flight.
Anyone who can't wait until the flight is over to use their electronic toys, should take the bus...
RE: It's outright abuse
12/8/2012 4:29:37 PM
We already know for sure what effect they have on "sensitive cockpit instruments"--none. I refer you to Mythbusters and numerous other studies.
And it's good of you to decide for the rest of us how "annoying" is defined. Use your headphones--at the very least, they will help protect your hearing from the constant roar of the engines.
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