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06-21-2013, 02:58 PM #1
FAA to Relax In-Flight Electronics Rules
For months we've heard chatter about the F.A.A. possibly expanding permissions for in-flight use of today's leading consumer electronics devices, including Apple's iPad.
As recently as last month, sources close to the Federal Aviation Administration suggested that the agency intends to relax the rules for ereaders and tablet devices during takeoff and landing.
For fliers, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, the new rules would probably represent an end to familiar warnings to turn off and stow all electronic devices.
Cellphone calls are expected to remain off-limits, however. "The draft doesn't make any recommendations regarding phone use because the FAA didn't authorize the panel to delve into that particularly controversial area," the report reads.
If the FAA does not ease its standards, the advisory group worries, "confidence in the FAA and the [industry's] ability to integrate personal electronic device usage will erode."
As of this writing, there is no confirmation of when the relaxed rules may take effect.
06-21-2013, 03:51 PM #2
I remember Myth Busters and they wanted to test a cell phone call on a remote airplane and they were denied. I mean, will a call really crash a plane? Has anyone done it??..do tell..
06-21-2013, 04:13 PM #3
06-21-2013, 04:33 PM #4
@bigboyz, Dunno, but cellphones are known to detonate bombs.
Dunno but cellphones are known to detonate bombs remotely!
06-21-2013, 04:42 PM #5
06-21-2013, 04:44 PM #6
I've never made a call on take off or landing. But I've never switched my phone off and push will always be on.
06-21-2013, 04:50 PM #7
There may be technical hurdles (particularly on international flights) as well, such as which cell tower does it connect to, when do you get charged roaming, would traveling at the speeds that planes do cause issues when switching between towers, etc.
These technical hurdles would probably apply to both voice and data, so until those can be ironed out, it makes sense to ban data on flights as well. Can you imagine getting home and having a $2,000 cell phone bill, because you didn't know you were connected to an international cell tower and were surfing the web?
So, I really think banning cell phones on flights is more of a practical matter than a safety issue, but if they came out and said that, people would be screaming to allow their use.
Now, as for other electronic devices, I think they should probably be allowed during take off and landing, so long as they are not bulky enough to become a projectile in an emergency.
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06-21-2013, 06:20 PM #8
The rule is so dumb. Terrorists should just bring a bunch of cell phones on the airplane and make calls if it could really crash the plane.
06-21-2013, 07:29 PM #9
One of the guys I work with always leaves his S2 on when we fly...dam freaking annoying! Busy texting! He's like nah it's a myth that planes are affected! He said he read it on Google! ><Twitter ID: @Jato_BZ
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06-21-2013, 09:21 PM #10
06-21-2013, 09:27 PM #11
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06-21-2013, 10:36 PM #12
If it were a true risk. They would most definitely not make it past the metal detectors.
06-21-2013, 11:24 PM #13
I've been on plenty of flights when people were still calling or texting while the plane took off. The first time I was worried, but nothing happened.
What will Apple do about Airplane mode though???
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06-22-2013, 01:55 PM #17
Great now that this conversation has switched topics. Everyone on here is going to get a visit from the NSA.
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06-22-2013, 03:41 PM #18
06-22-2013, 04:25 PM #19
The cell signal is there anyways, if it interfered, you would have issues even with people aboard without phones.
06-22-2013, 04:45 PM #20