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Passengers are acting out against the rules and even hurting one another

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worries that electronic device use on planes places passengers in harm's way, but the real issue is that the FAA is spreading fear about an issue that hasn't been proven yet.

The FAA has set rules that make it so passengers cannot use electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing on a flight. However, there is no solid proof that electronics affect the way a plane performs. This has been in question for some time, but the FAA continues to impose these rules on passengers, and it has caused panic and even injuries among those who travel by plane.

For instance, a 68-year-old man punched a 15-year-old on a plane when the teenager refused to turn off his smartphone during a flight. According to the man, he was doing it to save the entire plane from any harmful consequences.

Just a couple of months ago, a passenger was arrested in El Paso when he decided not to turn off his cell phone during landing. Last month, another passenger did the same when landing in New York and a swarm of cop cars were waiting for him once he exited the plane.

Of course, many also remember the incident where Alec Baldwin was kicked off a plane in 2011 for playing Words With Friends.

This goes to show that the FAA is causing more trouble by making people believe that electronics are an issue when they may very well not be.

Back in March, the FAA said it would review the effects of tablet/e-reader use during takeoff and landing.

 Pilots can already use iPads during the entire flight [Image Soure: The AirplaneNut]

The FAA likely put this testing off due to costs and the amount of testing required for these devices to pass. In order for the FAA to approve the use of e-readers and tablets during takeoff and landing, each kind of device needs to be tested. For example, an iPad cannot be tested alone; the iPad 2 and the new iPad must be tested as well. There are already several versions of the Kindle available as well, such as the Kindle Fire tablet, and many other Android-powered tablets on the market. There are now Windows 8 tablets on the market too.

In early December 2011, the FAA raised a few eyebrows when allowing American Airlines pilots to use iPads in the cockpit. The FAA allowed iPads to replace paper manuals and charts, and they could be used during takeoff and landing. The FAA argued that allowing two iPads in the cockpit was a significantly different scenario than several passengers using several devices for longer periods of time.

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pressured the FAA to allow greater use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing because "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."

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Idiots
By BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 2:42:30 PM , Rating: 1
Yups and as a former US Air Force jet engine mechanic on very high end helicopters and aircraft I can vouch that in my entire time in service not one incident ever occurred because someone has a cellphone on or in use. No one ever told us to put our phones away lol. During test flights we would sit in a trunk 8-10 people near the helicopter on the ground which would be running tests in case something went wrong we would jump out the trunk and go service the aircraft. What would we do for hours on the truck? Every single one of us on our phones parked next to the running aircraft. This is with communications, navigation, and other top secret systems all running, no issues.
The FCC is just too lazy and cheap to update this archaic rule

RE: Idiots
By Piiman on 12/31/2012 3:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Why did hey make you sit in the Trunk :-)

RE: Idiots
By sorry dog on 12/31/2012 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
The FCC is just too lazy and cheap to update this archaic rule

Dontcha mean the FAA?

I think the rule is partially because of capacity interruption that can be caused by cell phone trying to communicated with 6 towers that it now has line of sight of since it's 10,000+ feet in the air. However, that affects cell providers more than anybody else, so it doesn't make sense that the FCC would say something against the I dunno...

RE: Idiots
By Piiman on 12/31/2012 3:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
But you're not @ 10,000 feet at takeoff or landing. And its not like these signals go way just because your phone is off.

RE: Idiots
By Telomar on 12/31/2012 4:58:05 PM , Rating: 4
Military aircraft and helicopters both use shielded electronic systems. I'm still not of the belief that it makes a difference on commercial aircraft but you'd certainly not see an effect on military systems.

RE: Idiots
By mcnabney on 1/2/2013 9:29:40 AM , Rating: 2
Military aircraft are more than 'shielded'. Commercial aircraft are shielded. The military can survive the EMP from a nuclear weapon.

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