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Airlines Looking Into Dropping Their Cell Phone And Laptop Ban!

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The people have spoken! Into their cell phones, even when they weren't supposed to!

More and more passengers are demanding to use their cell phones, tablets, and laptops on flights, and it looks like they might be winning! An FAA statement reads:

"The FAA recognises consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft; that is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions."

So what did the report find? The rule just does NOT seem to be working?

According to the report, nearly a third of passengers go full Alec Baldwin and disregard the rules about turning all devices off at takeoff and landing! And so far, no disasters!

So, we have to ask…

Should airlines relax their gadget policy?

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Should airlines relax their gadget policy?

  • No, it's not worth the risk! (40%)
  • Yes, it's about time! (60%)

Total Votes: 6,940

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7 comments to “Airlines Looking Into Dropping Their Cell Phone And Laptop Ban!”

  1. Voivode says – reply to this


    It not like this isn't possible. Many airlines have been doing this for years. My airline of choice is Emirates, which has enabled cell phone usage, wifi, 3G etcetera for a good couple of years now. And I've never been on a plane where your laptop has been banned… Albeit I've never flown a US airline, but that sounds really behind the times.

  2. 2

    The reason I say no, isn't because I think in principle people should be able to live without a phone or laptop for a half hour during landing and takeoff, but because that is the time when most accidents in planes occur, so you should be alert.

    If there is a laptop in front of you or you're distracted texting you really wont be as aware if there is something going wrong. It could be fatal in essence.

  3. Voivode says – reply to this


    Re: minkyisacat – I completely agree that cell phones, electronics etc. should be switched off during Take Off and Landing, and I don't think that is a law that will ever change. I get the impression that the law that the FAA is seeking to change is the use of electronics on the entirety of the light, with Perez' comment about take off/landing being a jab at Alec Baldwin. As far as I am aware for the safety reasons you have stated electronics will NEVER be allowed during take off/landing/taxi. But the usage of cell phones during flight is entirely possible and risk free.

  4. 4

    Re: Voivode – Oh, okay I get that now. I was confused because generally laptops are allowed on all major flights and if anything wifi connected phones are allowed. There isn't regular 3G/4G service on flights because they're out of a reception zone so I'm not sure what Perez is talking about exactly. Nonetheless good point.

  5. dmsdfm. says – reply to this


    I get being able to use them when you are flying but you shouldn't be able to use them when taking off and landing
    if you cant live without your phone for 5-10 minutes then you have a problem

  6. MichJB says – reply to this


    The last thing I want is to be trapped aboard a plane with a bunch of people that think we all want to hear them yak on and on. If you can't survive the length of a flight without suffering from Zombie Cell Phone Addiction, take a bus.

  7. awskyhag says – reply to this


    You didn't read it all. Cell phones would NOT be among devices allowed to remain on during taxi, takeoff and landing. I'm a 25 year flight attendant with a major US airline