Hold The Phone! FAA May Lift Ban On Using Electronics During Takeoff and Landing
My wife and I just got back from a trip to California. Fortunately, our flights were uneventful. No delays. No lost bags. No problems. Surprising, huh? But we did have our normal give-and-take during take-offs and landings. It goes something like this:
- Me: “They’ve closed the door. Turn your iPad off.”
- Her: “Don’t worry about it.”
- Me: “You’re gonna get in trouble.”
- Her: “Oh, I’m scared.”
- Me: “Whatever.”
Then a few minutes later.
- Flight Attendant: “Ma’am push the off button on that please.”
- Her: “Sure.” She acts like she’s turning it off.
- Me: “You’re bad.”
- Her: “You have no idea.” And sneaks a peek at her iPad after the flight attendant buckles up.
Apparently there are enough people, like my wife, who believe electronic devices aren’t such a big problem during take-offs and landings. The FAA is considering some rule changes on planes. One day, you may be able to read a book on your Kindle, play a game on your iPad, or watch a DVD, from gate to gate.
The FAA is forming a group to review its electronics policies. It now limits the use of these types of devices because of fears they could interfere with airplane communications and navigation systems. The study is expected to take at least six months. (Let me know what you think in my poll below.)
In case you’re wondering, no changes will be made to the cell phone policy since that’s banned by the FCC instead. So still no phone calls during take-offs and landings. “Lady I said turn off your phone!” I think I’ll sit somewhere else next flight.
The FAA wants to know how you feel about this situation, and it’s offering a few ways to weigh in:
- Email: PEDcomment@faa.gov
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov
- Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington DC 20590-0001
- Fax: Docket Operations at 202-493-2251