FAA: Let’s take a second look at electronic devices on planes
- cause The FAA’s policies on electronic devices on planes — which disallowed the use of devices during takeoffs and landings — has faced growing criticism in recent months, as it’s become clear that there was no technical reason to limit such devices.
- reaction Now the FAA’s ready to reconsider their stance, allowing for possible access to certain classes of devices — notably, tablets and e-readers — which didn’t exist when they considered the issue in 2006. BTW, the policy on cell phones and likely wouldn’t change. source
» 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.
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