The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may soon lift the ban which will allow all airplane passengers to use approved gadgets and electronics through out the entire flight, including when the plane is ready to take off and land. There’s a catch though!
According to sources, “the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types of personal-electronic devices at low altitudes, allowing passengers leeway during taxiing and even takeoffs and landings, according to industry officials and draft recommendations prepared by a high-level advisory panel to the agency.” Passengers will still not be able to use cell phones though.
So what gadgets will you be able to use?
It appears that the FAA is still debating exactly what gadgets can be used for the entire flight. Most agree that e-readers, including the iPad and Nook, will be available to use during the entire flight. The FAA’s panel is also debating if tablets, laptops, portable media players and other devices will be allowed from gate to landing.
Cell phones are still not allowed due to “cellular interference” with ground and airplane communication systems. The panel is going to debate the new rule in the fall. What’s clear to most passengers is that the rules created by the FAA are outdated and old. With the explosion of technology, most airlines are trying to appease passengers by allowing them to use their electronic devices through out the entire flight. The airlines are not just doing this for passenger satisfaction. It appears they also see big business opportunities. “The impending changes also portend business opportunities for airlines, which are scrambling to satisfy customer demand for faster airborne connections along with expanded Wi-Fi entertainment and business applications,” states the Wall Street Journal.
A decision on the FAA Ban is expected to be made after September 2013 when the panel comes to its conclusions. What is still yet to be determined is what other countries and international airline companies will allow. Stay tuned by following @MoxieMo or liking us on Facebook!