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FAA Announces Gadget Use During Whole Flight, With Some Restrictions

     
3:53 pm on Oct 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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With flight mode enabled, there's soon going to be no need to turn off those devices.

Airline passengers will soon be able to use their mobile devices during an entire flight from takeoff to landing.

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta announced the new ruling on Thursday. Implementation will vary among airlines, according to the FAA. But many carriers are expected to allow passengers to be able to use their devices -- in airplane mode -- from departure to arrival by the end of the year.FAA Announces Gadget Use During Whole Flight, With Some Restrictions [news.cnet.com]


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I never understood what the big deal was, if you can't turn your device off for a WHOLE 15 mins.......hmmmmmmmm
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I'm inclined to agree, J_RaD.

I noticed a fellow passenger on a flight as he constantly, and I mean, constantly, accessed his Blackberry to read and reply to messages. No, he was not playing games, they were messages. The only time he stopped was when the phone wouldn't sit on the seat table at the same time as the meal came round. We're talking cattle class, here, so there's not a great deal of space, even for a smartphone.

I got the impression he'd have to be surgically removed from his phone.
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Maybe they will be so wrapped up in playing with their devices that they will neglect to leap from their seats and start pulling down their luggage from the overhead bins the instant the wheels touch the runway.

Then again, maybe they will be so wrapped up in playing with their devices that all luggage-related activity will have to be done one-handed, and someone's suitcase will hit you in the eye.

I was going to ask if he also took the phone with him into the bathroom, but then realized that there isn't much alternative.
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>I was going to ask...

I thought that obvious, so i didn't mention it. ;)