Amazon.com Inc., which has an employee on the committee, said in a statement that it has worked on this issue for years, including testing an airplane packed full of Kindles. It said the report “is a big win for customers and, frankly, it’s about time.Sure, this FAA in-flight electronics thing is kind of a big deal, but I’m sorta focused on imagining an Amazon-chartered plane full of Kindles right now.
EDIT: As pointed out by Alex Fitzpatrick below, it’s not a direct reaction to the crash; the Buffalo crash in 2009 was also taken into account.
» But there’s a major downside: Because the FAA is so entwined with the kind of red tape only a complicated government organization could invent, if things are decided a certain way, it could force some crazy rules before an airline could allow such devices. For example — just for the right to allow the iPad on their plane, the current standards would force each airline to test each version of a device in a plane by itself (i.e. no passengers) to make sure everything was OK. If that sounds like an insane waste of money, that’s basically how the airlines feel.