FAA relaxes rules on Electronic devices

Announced quietly overnight the FAA lifted a near 20 year ban on electronic devices during the “critical phases” of flight, namely take off and landing. Now while this won’t affect Australian flights, it moves the way forward to be allowed to read your Kindle or listen to your iPod while taking off and landing.
Australia’s CASA (the equivalent of the FAA) are investigating so while in the US you will be able to use devices by the years end, it may take some time for it to happen here.
Peter Gibson from CASA stated: “Currently in Australia all airlines restrict the use of electronic devices during critical phases of flight – such as take-off and landing – due to the risk of interference to aircraft systems,”
“These restrictions remain in place and passengers must follow directions from aircraft crew at all times.”
“Due to the potential risk of interference from electronic devices airlines have made the decision to ban their use during take-off and landing and other critical phases of flight and to ban mobile phones and other broadcasting devices at all times.”
The ban still means phones must be in flight mode. Laptops and other heavier electronics must be stowed though, due to the fact they can be a projectile.
Personally I will like being able to read a book on my Kindle for the entire flight. There is only so many times I can read the inflight magazines!
There is more information here: http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/ped/
Please join our discussion here: http://www.thefrequentflyer.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=492

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