FAA To Allow Use of Electronic Devices During Takeoff and Landing
Matt | On 31, Oct 2013
As a pretty regular air traveler, I can say that this news made me want to do a cartwheel.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Thursday that they are allowing personal electronic devices, or PEDs, to be used during the takeoff and landing of U.S. flights. The caveat is that the devices must be in airplane mode, meaning it does not receive any cell signal, and passengers will not be allowed to make calls.
For instance, if someone has an iPhone, they can now finish that nerve-racking game of Candy Crush as the plane takes off. Or, people can read on their e-readers, draft documents, and anything else other than yap on the phone. Passengers will also be able to hold their PEDs during takeoff and landing. Sounds like a win for “middle seat” passengers who annoy those around them constantly moving around looking for their devices.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you will be able to whip out your devices as of today. It will depend on the airline and how they wish to move forward. Most airlines will have their final decision made by the end of the year. It is expected that most of the airlines will adopt the change.
It’s about damn time that the airlines took a hint from consumers. All that shutting down of devices to open them up again at 10,000 feet, then powering them down again at landing is OLD NEWS! It was just another hassle in the air travel process — and one that obviously wasn’t needed based on today’s announcement.
Thumbs up from me!