It's official! FAA to allow the use of personal electronic devices during all phases of flight.

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  1. Dozer

    Dozer Silver Member

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    In its typical “government takes forever” fashion, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally announced today that they will allow the use of personal electronic devices (PED) from the moment you board to the moment you exit the aircraft. This rule will still restrict the use of cell phones and other devices that connect via cellular networks such as your smartphones or 3G iPads or tablets. Your personal electronic devices can be used but must be in “airplane mode” with their cellular network connection turned off. That means no voice calls, cellular internet use or text messages. Handheld video games, e-readers, MP3 players, noise cancelling headphones will all be allowed from gate to gate, except during the in-flight safety briefings.

    This change in policy was the result of an eight month long study by the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee (RMC) from January 7, 2013 to September 30, 2013. The RMC concluded that technology and modern aviation has advanced within the last few decades and current aircraft can tolerate the radio interference from personal electronic devices. But does that mean you can start using your devices right now?? Not so quickly. . .

    Let me explain. The FAA is allowing the airlines to allow the use of personal electronic devices on their aircraft. The airlines will still have to conduct safety assessments of their aircraft and then submit those results to the FAA before personal electronic devices can be used. That means that every airline is going to have a different policy based on the status of their safety assessment with the FAA. Delta and JetBlue have already submitted their safety assessments and JetBlue has announced that their passengers can start using personal electronic devices as early as this afternoon! All airlines are expected to be approved by the end of the year.

    So in summary, this is what you can and cannot do:
    1. Personal Electronic Devices such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers can be used in “Airplane Mode” with the cellular network connection turned off.
    2. No voice calls or cellular data usage.
    3. WiFi can be used if the aircraft is equipped with it.
    4. Heavier items such as laptops must be stowed during takeoff and landing.
    5. Rollout will vary by airline so check with your carrier for further details.
    6. And lastly, follow crew instructions and listen to safety briefings. If they say, “NO,” don’t argue with them.
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  2. gregm

    gregm Gold Member

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    Being discussed. Catch up!! :cool:

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