“Anyone who’s ever flown is familiar with the ‘please turn off all electronic devices’ speech that flight attendants give after closing the airplane door and again shortly before landing,” Ryan Faas reports for Cult of Mac.
“The ban on electronic devices of all kinds exists out of fear that devices might interfere with the planes navigation and other systems, even if the device doesn’t include any sort of radio antenna,” Faas reports. “The ban on electronic devices has come under fire recently as the F.A.A. has been certifying the use of iPads in the cockpit during all phases of flight (including takeoff and landing) by various commercial airlines as a replacement for hefty ‘flight bags’ of paper manuals and charts.”
Faas reports, “In a move that will music to the ears of Words With Friends addict Alec Baldwin, the agency is looking at allowing the use of electronic devices by passengers during takeoff and landing… It’s also worth noting that the agency also has no plans to include smartphones in any policy or rule changes, most likely because of the longer range antennas and/or the sheer volume of devices that would need to be tested.”