FCC to FAA: Stop Banning Tablet Use in Airplanes

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    "The head of the FCC has formally asked the FAA to allow greater use of tablet computers and e-readers in airline cabins, just as the latter agency is reviewing its rule on personal electronic devices for passenger use. In his letter to the FAA, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that "mobile devices are increasingly interwoven into our daily lives. ... [T]hey empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."

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    http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/2391-full.html#207822
     
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    Considering that the original cellular telephone prohibition emanated from the FCC and not the FAA, this should add a fair impetus to getting the FAA restrictions lifted. Meanwhile air carriers are getting in the act too...
     
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    It is about time !
     
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    When the FAA opened the subject I don't think anyone really expected that both the FCC and Delta Airlines would come out so strongly. Certainly it is time!
     
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    Yes, especially since I bought my first tablet last week :D
    Thanks for posting jbcarioca!
     
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    Just to be really precise:
    1) The first true cellular telephone service was AMPS, immortalized by the Motorola dynaTAC, launched in 1978
    2) The first call on ARPAnet, precursor of the internet was from UCLA to my erstwhile employer, the Stanford Research Institute, in 1969
    3) The Intel 4004 was the first standardized "computer on a chip" released in 1971, well after the first DC-9's. The 80386 is still in use today, even in some long overdue for replacement FAA systems, I am told, but I find that very hard to believe.

    The oldest three Delta DC-9's in use are all DC9-50's:

    S/N 47651 was delivered on 25/08/1975 to Austrian Airlines
    S/N 47682 10/10/1975 Allegheny
    S/N 47710 23/04/1976 North Central

    Thus DTWBOB has a score of 1 for the cell phone
    -1 for the internet
    1 for computers because there seems to be almost nothing that old still in use as a computer
    Subtotal 1 for DTWBOB
    Plus: Really he's correct +10
    Grand total for DTWBOB 11

    it was rather fun looking this stuff up. Is it not incredible that DL still has two aircraft from 1975 still in service?
     
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    I was thinking numbers like 1401, 1620, 360, B6700 and PDP10s etc.

    Some of these machines could come close to filling a DC9-10 (sorta) depending in some cases on how many tape and disk drives they had.

    <lol>

    Bob H
     
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    I remember the 360-195. It filled about the space of a AN225, four floors of a large office building at Columbia University.
     
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    Moore's law strikes again -- or more correctly has struck for n years where n is roughly 37.

    The real issues are (1) will people pay attention during the safety briefings if they're using electronic equipment and (2) can the equipment on the ground used for cell phone calls keep up when the phone is moving 500 mph.

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    People still use their electronic equipment during briefings. Besides, newspapers, books and sleeping have been around longer.

    And the article talks about tablet use, not cell phones (I know about Skype).
     
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    The FCC does not propose permitting cellular telephone use. They still observe cellular tower conflicts at altitude, so they say.
     
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    I don't want them particularly flying around during a rough take off or landing, or aborted takeoff. I don't really care about the radio issues.
     
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    So should books be stowed during critical phases of flight?
     
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    Please don't give them stupid ideas! They just might do it. DL FA's already come around stowing the tiny water bottles sometimes.
     
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    I would never do that, but some FAs already think they should be. ;) If someone is seated directly in front of a jumpseat and the FA *nicely* asks if they would stow a hardbound book during landing, I can understand that. When FAs start issuing orders and making up their own FARs and OpSpecs, that's just :rolleyes:.
     
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    I refer to such people as "IGS veterans" after the former PA and TW Internal German Service FA's who ended out with AA, UA and DL mostly. They all were pretty adept at making their own OpSpecs, which had the full force of law, not just regulation. I do not miss them.

    Honestly I have not experienced much ill-mannered FA treatment on any carrier recently, including the tablet issues. They're far better today than they were a decade ago, IME, on almost all carriers.
     
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