Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Airlines May Lift Ban on Electronic Devices During Takeoff

Airline passengers might be able to keep their smartphones and tablets on during takeoffs and landings as early as next year. According to Ars Technica, the New York Times reports that a Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is expected to recommend a lift on some of the electronic device restrictions in a meeting this week, which would then be passed along to the full FAA later this month.

There has been a push to remove the requirement for some time now, with Senator Claire McCaskill taking a vocal stance during the past year. "The current rules are inconvenient to travelers, don’t make sense, and lack a scientific basis," McCaskill wrote in a letter to the FAA in 2012. "Airline employees have the incredibly important job of keeping us safe in the air—their efforts are better spent worrying about rules that actually accomplish that goal."

If implemented, the change is expected to take place some time in 2014, and all commercial airlines will likely have to go through a certification process to ensure their aircraft can withstand the interference. Should the revised guidelines be put into place, you probably still won't be able to make calls during flights, but at least you'll be able to keep playing Infinity Blade III without any interruptions.

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Source : ign[dot]com

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