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In-flight e-device guidelines still up in the air

Although the Federal Communications Commission has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to allow more in-flight device use, a new report suggests that pilot reports and scientific studies suspect that passenger electronics are interfering with aviation equipment. More than a decade of reports show “dozens” of cases where electronics were suspected of interference. One anecdote in the report tells of an iPhone being switched off, which coincided with the solution of a compass problem. While the airline industry is noted to be divided in changing the current guidelines for in-flight device use, the FAA will hear recommendations from its own advisory committee on the subject, likely in July. [via Bloomberg]

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The only time I still read the occasional old-fashioned paper magazine is during the electronic device ban time. Seriously though, as much as people, myself included, forget to turn of their cell phones and fail to fully power down their laptops, tablets and music players, planes would be dropping from the sky daily if they posed a real danger. If a Kindle can crash a plain or make it so it can’t navigate, planes must be so dangerous and vulnerable that we are all fools for flying.

Posted by sallenmd on May 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM (CDT)


I meant to write “failed to turn off” their cellphones. I’ve found mine on in my pocket upon landing several times as I take two to three air trips per month.

Posted by sallenmd on May 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM (CDT)


I am concerned that aircraft manufacturers cannot make a plane resilient to mobile technology! Hospital equipment manufacturers managed it.

Posted by Cyberman on May 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM (CDT)


According to the airlines and pilots the most vulnerable time for an aircraft and its instruments are during takeoff and landing. Okay… so can someone explain to me how my wifi iPad, which has no wifi connection in the air is mre dangerous to the plane than the transmissions of the THOUSANDS of cellphones, DOZENS of TV and radio towers, and DOZENS of cellphone towers the plane flies. directly through and over while taking off and landing?

I think this is a solid case of “we just don’t like the idea so we’ll say anything to keep passengers from getting what they want”. I’m certain the pilot sn’t shutting his iPad off while he uses t for electronic charts and flight manuals (approved by the FAA by the way), so why should I?

Posted by Daniel on May 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM (CDT)


“ why should I?”

Because the crew ask you to. Conditions of carriage -
contravene any instruction or direction of the crew or the Carrier - whether oral or by notice - issued for the purpose of securing the safety or security of the aircraft and of persons or property and/or the comfort or convenience of passengers, including, but not limited to, instructions concerning security, seating, smoking, consumption of alcohol or use of drugs, use of electronic equipment including, but not limited to, mobile/cellular telephones, laptop computers, PDAs, portable recorders, portable radios, CD, DVD and MP3 players, electronic games or transmitting devices such as radio controlled toys and walkie talkies.

When you can afford your own airline, then you can do as you please, but until then try existing without having to play games or (worse scenario imaginable)talk on the phone for the few hours you’re at 38,000 feet….

Posted by Bob Levens on May 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM (CDT)

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