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10-31-2013, 11:46 AM #1
FAA Revamps Rules for In-Flight Mobile Device Use
Soon, mobile device users will be able to enjoy their smartphones and tablets from "gate to gate" when traversing the friendly skies.
According to the FAA’s new position on mobile device use in-flight, airplane travelers will see restrictions lifted on most electronic devices throughout their entire flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Thursday that a ban on using cell phones for voice communication will not change, however.
The FAA, following months of study by a group of aviation experts, said Thursday that airlines can soon allow passengers to use portable electronic devices such as tablets, laptop computers, e-readers and cell phones in airplane mode throughout the flight — with some circumstantial restrictions.
“Each airline will determine how and when this will happen,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta added.
10-31-2013, 12:50 PM #2
I asked Southwest Airlines about this the last time I flew with them. They told me that they are not going to allow this ever on their flights.
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10-31-2013, 01:45 PM #3
Chances are that the people you talked to have no idea what they are talking about. Anyone that deals directly with the consumer is probably not going to have any clue about company policy changes in the future.
10-31-2013, 03:12 PM #4
Modern Phones Do not, repeat, Do not interfere with hospital or airplanes navigation. Its left over from when the first cell phones and primitive devices did interfere with each other. As with everything else it takes years to stop unneeded practices.
10-31-2013, 03:58 PM #5
As a pilot for a major US airline, I can tell you this has been in the works for a while. Last forecast I heard was next spring, but I'll be happy to have these restrictions removed sooner. The flight attendants waste a lot of time reminding passengers to turn off their electronics. They'll have less to chastise you about, and you can continue your compelling game of Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies.....
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10-31-2013, 05:13 PM #6
I've always used my phone. What do they think my headphones are plugged in?
10-31-2013, 07:44 PM #7
Back in '09 I used an iPod touch after lift off for an entire 4 hour flight. Didn't say anything. Why am I only now hearing of this being "new"?
11-01-2013, 07:29 AM #8
11-02-2013, 07:14 AM #9
I fly all the time and don't mind not using my ph. I actually like the peace of not using it for an hour or 2. I don't live for my ph or internet.IPhone 5s....
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11-02-2013, 09:24 AM #10
Only last week, I took control of an Airbus A380 without the pilot's knowledge ... and landed at a more conveniently located airport. One of the more useful iOS X-Plane hacks.
11-02-2013, 11:27 AM #11
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11-03-2013, 11:21 AM #13
It's a lie. I fly sw all the time and they only tell you put them away during take off and descent.
11-04-2013, 12:00 AM #14
^ true to what he said!