FAA Allowing Phones, Electronics During Takeoff and Landing
By Nathan Altadonna
Your smart phone and tablet have been cleared for takeoff.The Federal Aviation Administration announced today new guidelines that will allow passengers to use some electronics during takeoff and landing.Prior to the regulation change, all portable electronic devices were required to be powered off during takeoff and landing. The new regulations will allow passengers to keep the devices on as long as they are in airplane mode."We believe today's decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumer's increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flights," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release."These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future."Before allowing passengers to use their devices, airlines will have to verify their fleets can handle the radio inference from the electronics.Experts say most modern planes can handle the use of small electronics and the FAA says it expects most carriers will enact the changes by the end of the year.
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