US travelers can now use electronic devices while on plane, the Federal Aviation Administration announced today that airlines can safely allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during all phases of flight.
According to the FAA, passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual take off and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed-and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, the passengers may use those services. They can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
Though the announcement has been officially released, the FAA has also said this will take time to implement. In fact, the announcement made it clear the “implementation will vary among airlines.” Further talk touched on how they expect many of the carriers will prove to the FAA that their “planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”
A study released this year by two groups, the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, found that as many as 30 percent of passengers said they had accidentally left a device on during takeoff or landing.
Anyway, we remember this video from College Humor “Why Can’t You Use Phones on Planes?” and we thought it would be nice to share it with you guys, just for laughs.