FAA Approves AA to Allow PED Use

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  1. FriendlySkies
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    greAAt news! :)

    Now if only my UAX flight back to MCI on Wednesday would also allow PEDs! I have a feeling that UA will be the last airline to allow it.. :rolleyes:


     
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    Thanks for letting us know!
     
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    UA will the last to allow PED is consistent with their approach to wifi.

    Smisek is probably wondering how to charge $5 an iPhone and $10 an iPad for permission to use fee
     
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    I was on AA69 (MIA-SFO) today, and the flight attendants announced that AA was the first airline that has been approved to allow electronic devices to be used at all phases of flight. The FAs stated that we could use our gadgets as long as the device was in airplane mode and it was no bigger than an Ipad (so no laptops). But it was so nice to be able to read, listen to music, and watch videos right from pushback until landing, which I pretty much did.
     
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    What type of equipment was it? I was on the new 737 and an MD80 yesterday and had two different experiences. The 737 crew said not yet and the guy in 1A was asked to take off his Beats and stop watching his DVD. The MD80 crew said the new regulations were in effect.
     
  6. mikew99
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    AA69 is served by one of the WiFi-equipped 757s, so presumably the airplane electronics have already been tested/shielded against interference. I think WiFi is also available on AA's MD80s (old as they are!), so perhaps the same applies there. I would think a new 737 would be okay, but did it offer WiFi?
     
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    Yes. Both flights had wifi (I used it as I have a monthly gogo in effect at this time). Guessing it comes down to what the FA's training and understanding are.
     
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    hat has been true for DL as well. This happened quickly enough that a few crews seem not to have picked up on it. Anyway, I am happily flying on both Dl and AA during the next few days, elated that rational thought has taken flight!
     
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    I'm flying from ORD to LAX now. The FA played the normal pre-flight recording that tells everyone to shut everything off. But they didn't make the normal rounds telling people to turn everything off. They didn't make any announcement confirming or denying the AA policy change announced this morning, either. We just took off without the normal stalking up and down the aisle looking for things not yet powered off. It was a non-event.
     
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    AA flt 2448 yesterday to DFW the FA told us that as of 5 PM yesterday it was okay to use on all AA flights. The continuing flt to EZE they didn't say anything about it. But YAY!
     
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    PEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I can break Barry Bond's fake record!

    Oh. You meant entertainment devices. :(
     
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    AA2268 yesterday the FA did make a special - albeit confusing - announcement. They are trying to differentiate between small (OK) and big (Not OK) items, between cellular and WiFi, etc.

    The FA did indicate that if we were going to make an ILS approach to SEA (or autoland) we would have to turn everything off, but she didn't know how she was going to police that.
     
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    Left CDG yesterday and as expected all PEDs had to be turned off during take-off but during landing preparations into MSP a specific announcement said everything except computers could stay on. They specifically announce the computers needed to be safely stowed.
     
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    No announcement on MCI-DFW or DFW-PHL about keeping electronics on.. FAs stuck to the usual safety briefing, which mentions that all electronics must be off for departure.

    Still have PHL-DFW-MCI this afternoon, so maybe they'll announce it then..
     
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    These seem like fantastically valid complaints to CR.

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    Announced on the return. Kind of fun to use my iPad on the take off roll.



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    I heard Delta was the only one who had their application in ahead of time. And I know first-hand Delta was allowing PEDs to be used on November 2nd. (I've heard reports of Nov 1st but haven't confirmed that.)
     
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    Dude, ILS is old and is used on every approach, even a visual approach. Autoland is soemthign entirely different. Just sayin'
     
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  19. Mike Reed

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    Well, kind of. AA's cabin crews have a culture of "if you don't know, make something up." It's annoying at times...

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