Free my e-reader during takeoff

Well YAY. Because this is pointless. I’m bored during this time and dislike having to turn off the Kindle or ipod.

Senator presses FAA to allow tablet use during takeoff, landing

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

  2 comments for “Free my e-reader during takeoff

  1. December 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    YES. THIS. I usually buy a magazine when I fly just for takeoff and landings, but I’ve totally caught stewardess’s checking their cell phones DURING TAKEOFF AND LANDING while they give me the stink eye for having a Kindle. Mother scratchers…

  2. Mike Y.
    December 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I once asked a pilot why the blanket rule exists, and he explained that since it would be utterly impractical to test every possible electronic device against every type of communications equipment that’s used on aircraft, one can never really know when someone’s cell phone will break into the call to the Control Tower. So, they just ban everything.

    However, I tend to think that there has to be a way that manufacturers could be given certain “flight friendly” guidelines to meet, and devices which meet those guidelines can be allowed. Under the current regulations, even a wireless mouse is technically breaking the rules. Zero-tolerance policies have never really made sense.

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