FAA Officially Approves Electronics Use Throughout Flights

FAA Officially Approves Electronics Use Throughout Flights

People will be able to use electronics such as gaming devices, eReaders, and smartphones during takeoff and landing.

Frequent fliers are well aware of the limited use of electronics during flights. The Federal Aviation Administration previously believed the radio signals emitted from electronic devices interfered with an aircraft's communications. After a study, the FAA has concluded this is not the case, and has thus approved use of electronic devices throughout flights with "very limited exceptions."

"Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight," the FAA said in a statement.

Phones should be set to airplane mode. No calls will be allowed, and the cellular signal should be off, but WiFi will be allowed as will as the use of short-range Bluetooth accessories. Laptops and other similar heavier electronic devices will have to be stowed away during takeoff and landing like usual, but anyone can use a phone, a handheld gaming device, or a tablet during takeoff and landing as long as the device is in the user's hands or put away in the back pocket of the seat when not in use. The crew has the authority to advise passengers to turn off electric devices for landing in "rare instances of low-visibility."

Fliers can expect to start using their electronic devices throughout their flights by the end of the year. Implementation among airlines will vary, but the FAA expects many airlines will allow electronics during takeoff and landing.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration

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Thank the lords of kobol on the no calls bit.

Thats why I supported the airlines for so long in their shut off everything routine-- can you imagine being on a 6 hour flight with the person next to you barking into a cellphone the entire time?

Its a hazard alright, because i'd be tempted to punch them through the fuselage.

Who wants to take bets on how long until airlines will offer onboard wifi?

EDIT: Apparently flights are offering onboard wi-fi, and the airliners I normally fly on just don't. Whoops.

Phrozenflame500:
Who wants to take bets on how long until airlines will offer onboard wifi?

Most already do.

thiosk:
Words of wisdom

Hear hear! I can take a screaming baby/obnoxious kid any day over a loud cunt on the phone.

This is good news tho. Now the husband and I can play some Mario Cart and whatnot on our DSs and PSPs.

bandit0802:

Phrozenflame500:
Who wants to take bets on how long until airlines will offer onboard wifi?

Most already do.

But they charge you more than Canadians pay for their ISP. ;p

Akisa:

bandit0802:

Phrozenflame500:
Who wants to take bets on how long until airlines will offer onboard wifi?

Most already do.

But they charge you more than Canadians pay for their ISP. ;p

I never said they were offering it REASONABLY. :P

Airlines have been offering onboard wifi for awhile, now.

EDIT: I have been ninja'd by a whole conversation!

bandit0802:

Akisa:

bandit0802:

Most already do.

But they charge you more than Canadians pay for their ISP. ;p

I never said they were offering it REASONABLY. :P

Yeah but it might as well not exist ;p

Before you bring up those 6 hour flights, try 18 hour rotater flight for deployments.

Phrozenflame500:
Who wants to take bets on how long until airlines will offer onboard wifi?

You're either joking, in which case ha ha, or you don't fly very much.

Cool... I guess. The last time I ever flew though, was when I was 10, (I'm 26 now) and that was just a short hop from Southampton, England to Jersey for 1 week. A 45 minute flight in which I just admired the view from the window. I was a first time flyer, so naturally I was a bit scared, but being able to see the view helped.

If I ever was to fly again, I've always dreamed of going to Rio de Janeiro. Good to know I'll be able to keep myself occupied with a gaming device if I ever get to go.

I may start using air travel again.

Maybe. Depends on if I have to strip down or if I can just op to get x-rayed. Not a fan of being touched... without compensation.

Now to figure out how to make a laptop last for several hours without a plug...

Finally some good news. The first step in many, many, many years that has actually improved air travel and not made it worse. A good step indeed. Now we just need to stop the bullshit with shoes and liquids and air travel would finally make its way back toward "almost pleasant", a significant step up from "barely tolerable".

I really hope these people believe in mute buttons or headphones.

thiosk:
Thank the lords of kobol on the no calls bit.

Thats why I supported the airlines for so long in their shut off everything routine-- can you imagine being on a 6 hour flight with the person next to you barking into a cellphone the entire time?

Its a hazard alright, because i'd be tempted to punch them through the fuselage.

I found a quick way to solve this, if the person is unreasonably close while on a cellphone and are a bit loud, join in the conversation. It is impolite as hell, pisses them off, its not against the rules and it will get them to stop talking on the phone right quick or get them to ask to change seats.

I have done this on busses and ferrys before, it works wonders.

Seriously? We have known this for decades. The FAA has specific frequencies that all their equipment uses and are locked down so that NO mass-produced commercial electronic uses them. No common electronic device has ever posed a threat to an airplane, anybody with half a brain knows that. That's why I always fly with my cellphone on (but mute), no airplane mode, and other electronic devices broadcasting, just to see what happens.

Nothing.

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Hmmm... I'm actually not sure I support this. While the explanation was shite, I always found a grain of wisdom with putting away your portable electronics in the sense that take offs and landings are bumpy, and shit tends to bounce around when its bumpy (I actually had an old woman's hard cover book fly out of her hands and give me a shiner during a landing once.)

Also, there's always a chance for a pop quiz.

JaredXE:
Seriously? We have known this for decades. The FAA has specific frequencies that all their equipment uses and are locked down so that NO mass-produced commercial electronic uses them. No common electronic device has ever posed a threat to an airplane, anybody with half a brain knows that. That's why I always fly with my cellphone on (but mute), no airplane mode, and other electronic devices broadcasting, just to see what happens.

Nothing.

I get the feeling if there was ever an actual threat to the plane from electronics devices, that shit would be confiscated the second you pulled it out, not simply told to put it away. This change has been a long time coming.

Brian Tams:

EDIT-well, the video isn't showing up for some reason, so I'll just post the link :p

Because that's not how this site does youtube embeds.

You have to take the string that's after "watch?v=" and put it in like this (youtube=eHooBjxmoXQ). Just replace the parentheses with brackets, of course, and there you go:

lol I always just use the hand away from the aisle and puff up the blanket and use my phone anyway. I dont give a fuck im ice cold

Mr.Tea:

Brian Tams:

EDIT-well, the video isn't showing up for some reason, so I'll just post the link :p

Because that's not how this site does youtube embeds.

You have to take the string that's after "watch?v=" and put it in like this (youtube=eHooBjxmoXQ). Just replace the parentheses with brackets, of course, and there you go:

Ah, thank you kind sir. I had never found myself desiring to post a video on this particular forum before, so I figured it was similar to the other forums I frequent. Thank you for correcting me.

Somewhere Alec Baldwin is smiling

VoidOfOne:

Now to figure out how to make a laptop last for several hours without a plug...

You seem to have missed the part in this article where they said laptops still weren't allowed:p

kyonshee77:

VoidOfOne:

Now to figure out how to make a laptop last for several hours without a plug...

You seem to have missed the part in this article where they said laptops still weren't allowed:p

Nope, don't think I missed it. In fact, I couldn't have missed it, as it was nowhere mentioned in the article. The phrase you were referring to was this:

roseofbattle:
"'Laptops and other similar heavier electronic devices will have to be stowed away during takeoff and landing like usual...'"

It's not that laptops weren't allowed, it's that they have to be stored away during these specific maneuvers. Still can bring them on, and still can use them.

Why am I awake at this hour...?

Brian Tams:
Hmmm... I'm actually not sure I support this. While the explanation was shite, I always found a grain of wisdom with putting away your portable electronics in the sense that take offs and landings are bumpy, and shit tends to bounce around when its bumpy (I actually had an old woman's hard cover book fly out of her hands and give me a shiner during a landing once.)

Also, there's always a chance for a pop quiz.

Or if flight is extra bumpy you can swallow your own iPad (through teeth)
Or even worse- unwillingly assault some other person with your iBrick

We knew this for ages. the only reason they had these requirements is so they could sell you on-board services for a ripoff prices. Well that and your phone dont actually get a signal that high in the air. the signals are not interfering because frequencies does not match. They wouldnt interfere even if they did (mythbusters tested it).
I personally always watch movies or listen to music while on flights, noone has ever complained about it. i use headphones obviously, no need for others to hear my stuff.

As for "bumpy ride". granted i dont fly as much as some people, but i never experienced a ride so bumpy that it would make people loose grasp of things. bus rides are more bumpy than plane flights here. not sure if thats a sign of bad buses or...
anyway, i understand the landing and takeoff stowaway, as you kinda do that anyway since youll be wanting to get off right?

also airplane mode on cellphones are useful becuase then the phone does not try to find a signal, and that takes a lot of battery out of it.

thiosk:
Thank the lords of kobol on the no calls bit.

Thats why I supported the airlines for so long in their shut off everything routine-- can you imagine being on a 6 hour flight with the person next to you barking into a cellphone the entire time?

Its a hazard alright, because i'd be tempted to punch them through the fuselage.

Not possible. cellphones will not find signal that high in the air. would only be possible during liftoff and landing. the on-board phone however already allows that anyway.

 

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