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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 study group 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.

Source: The Hill

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RE: Forcing your POV on the rest of us
By Beenthere on 12/7/2012 11:43:56 AM , Rating: 1
There is no legitimate reason for using a phone during flight. If you have an real emergency that would be different. For most folks on or off an airplane, a cellphone is entertainment because they are bored. Yes business people do have a legitimate reason to use a cellphone and it should be used discretely when they are not on the plane.

Loud conversations are not appropriate either when on a plane and you can ask the stewardess to ask the offending party to lower their voice.

FYI - Noise canceling headphones only eliminate some noise, not all noise. Airline passengers should not be forced to fork out big bucks for noise canceling headphones because other passengers are ignorant and inconsiderate with their electronic toys.

RE: Forcing your POV on the rest of us
By semiconshawn on 12/7/2012 2:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
There is no legitimate reason for ME TO USE a phone during flight

Fixed it for you. As you have no idea if anyone has a legit reason for using a phone. If i want to call and wish my kids goodnight its legit enough for me.

By Camikazi on 12/8/2012 9:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree IF there was a way to move awya from the noisy and inconsiderate constant talkers but on a plane there is no way to get away from them. That lack of being able to move around makes it so the only way to deal with constant talkers is to not let them talk.

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