A United States senator wants the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its long-standing rule against the use of portable electronic devices on airplanes during takeoff and landing. The agency has traditionally claimed the rule is necessary to avoid interference with an airplane’s instruments, but it is currently reconsidering the policy.
“The public is growing increasingly skeptical of prohibitions on the use of many electronic devices during the full duration of a flight, while at the same time using such devices in increasing numbers,” McCaskill wrote.
Pilots can use ipads but not passengers. I’ve always been skeptical as to how a Kindle or ipod could mess up the plane communications. And why just during takeoff and landing? I can understand not having bulky devices loose in case of a sudden emergency but these are hardly worse than a book these days and can be quickly stowed.
The article notes that cell phone use will likely not ever be allowed. Here is a skeptoid episode that questions why that is even an issue. Cell Phones on Airplanes
If these devices are such a darn hazard, we wouldn’t be allowed to bring them on planes at all.
Tip: CFI’s The Morning Heresy