1. zerog46's Avatar
    WASHINGTON - October 31, 2013 (WPVI) -- Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

    The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music - but not make cellphone calls.

    The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

    Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won't happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.
    Connections to the Internet to surf, exchange emails, text or download data will still be prohibited below 10,000 feet. Heavier devices like laptops will have to be stowed. Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode.

    Cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

    A travel industry group welcomed the changes, calling them common-sense accommodations for a traveling public now bristling with technology. "We're pleased the FAA recognizes that an enjoyable passenger experience is not incompatible with safety and security," said Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.



    FAA expands passenger use of electronic devices on planes | 6abc.com
    10-31-2013 10:43 AM
  2. iEd's Avatar
    WASHINGTON - October 31, 2013 (WPVI) -- Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

    The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music - but not make cellphone calls.

    The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

    Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won't happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.
    Connections to the Internet to surf, exchange emails, text or download data will still be prohibited below 10,000 feet. Heavier devices like laptops will have to be stowed. Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode.

    Cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

    A travel industry group welcomed the changes, calling them common-sense accommodations for a traveling public now bristling with technology. "We're pleased the FAA recognizes that an enjoyable passenger experience is not incompatible with safety and security," said Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.



    FAA expands passenger use of electronic devices on planes | 6abc.com
    6ABC? are you in Philly?
    10-31-2013 11:07 AM
  3. zerog46's Avatar
    The Garden State.
    10-31-2013 11:07 AM
  4. iEd's Avatar
    Ok Cool
    10-31-2013 11:09 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I wonder how they are going to enforce this thoughof all the people told to put their device in airplane mode and not connect to the internet below 10k feet, how any are really going to comply. Especially while still on the ground (gate or taxiing) where you probably have a cell signal.
    10-31-2013 01:05 PM
  6. Fausty82's Avatar
    Signal jamming?


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    10-31-2013 02:55 PM
  7. sting7k's Avatar
    I wonder how they are going to enforce this though…of all the people told to put their device in airplane mode and not connect to the internet below 10k feet, how any are really going to comply. Especially while still on the ground (gate or taxiing) where you probably have a cell signal.
    The same way they do right now. They will tell you to turn it off. The same number of people who currently don't turn off their cell phones will still not do it.
    10-31-2013 07:29 PM
  8. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The same way they do right now. They will tell you to turn it off. The same number of people who currently don't turn off their cell phones will still not do it.
    True
    10-31-2013 07:58 PM

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