Aviation regulators have cleared the safe use of mobile devices during take-off and landing for US airlines. US carriers are expected to let passengers use smart phones, tablets, and e-book readers from gate to gate by the end of the year.
Internet connections for email, web surfing, and downloading will be prohibited below 10,000 feet. Cellular voice calls will remain banned because of the possibility of radio interference with flight equipment.
The changes to US regulations mean passengers will be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos for the duration of domestic and international flights.
Airlines will need to perform safety checks before changing their current policies on device use.
Carriers must show the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that they can handle the effects that mobile devices have on flight instruments and avionics, and they must assess risks such as stowage problems.
US airline Delta said it had submitted a plan to the regulator, and expected to let customers on domestic flights use personal electronic devices as early as November.
The relaxation of rules for US carriers could have a knock-on effect for other world airlines. In the UK regulators will study how the FAA rules can be applied to UK airlines.
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Gee thanks Buddy.....Nov 01st, 2013 - 11:14 am 0
Firstly I've never switched my mobile off on a flight...it goes on silent...
Second I get great reception and Internet connections at 36.000 feet above the Ocean....Not!
Thanks for nothing....
It's more for the landing and take off. In the air it's strictly Sat based. final approaches and take offs run off ground based systems.Nov 01st, 2013 - 01:00 pm 0
This is a long-time coming. People sneak kindles in takeoff and landing all the time. Those of us with iPads and similar discrete flat technologies should be able to use 'em so long as it doesn't distract us from flight attendant instructions (reading an off an iPad, fine; listening with headphones, still should be a no-no, and people yaking on cell phones I think should sometimes be banned even in the Skyclub, let alone in coach).Nov 01st, 2013 - 03:37 pm 0