“At this time, please turn off all portable electronics” may SOON be a phrase of the past!!
Looks like the government is taking baby steps in getting airlines to allow passengers to use their favorite electronic gadgets for the WHOLE flight…even during takeoffs AND landings!
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in talks to see if they can find out practical (and safe) ways to test the use of devices like tablets, e-readers and music players during critical flight moments.
The tricky part? Not all electronic devices have the same amount of power, making testing difficult. Also, with technology quickly changing, different generations of devices would EACH have to be tested and approved.
Another possible problem is the fact that a full plane of people ALL using their devices at the same time is much different than just one person using one, obviously!!
And don’t get your hopes up about using your cellphone on board…surprisingly, the ban from using your cellphone on flights ISN’T directly linked to safety concerns. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission is more worried that your phone in the air could interfere with phones on the ground!
In regards to the other electronic devices, an FAA statement says:
"No changes will be made until we are certain they will not impact safety and security."
Fair enough…we’d much rather our flights be safe than crashing because of a Kindle!