March 19, 2012

FAA Taking “Fresh Look” At Passenger Device Use During Takeoff/Landing

Ryan Faas, writing for Cult of Mac:

“The ban on electronic devices has come under fire recently as the F.A.A. has been certifying the use of iPads in the cockpit during all phases of flight (including takeoff and landing) by various commercial airlines as a replacement for hefty “flight bags” of paper manuals and charts.”

If it's ok on the flight deck, it's ok in the cabin.

If airlines want your device shut off during taxi-out so they have your attention for the safety briefing, they should say so. Otherwise there's no good reason to ban devices during any phase of flight. Certainly not electromagnetic interference, which would be a concern on the flight deck where iPads are already in common use.