3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 25, 2013 9:06 AM by bobstro

    Update of e readers during takeoff coming

      http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/24/faa-reduced-electronics-restrictions/ Phones, or I assume any LTE device or wifi turned off.
        • Re: Update of e readers during takeoff coming

          Some sense finally.


          Wonder how many flight attendents will still want you to put away the eReader.



          • Re: Update of e readers during takeoff coming

            Of course the real issue is who makes the decision. Administrators are incredibly risk adverse. They may lack the tech skills to adequately evaluate the information they receive. They are aware that groups out there are eager to sensationalize, peta, green peace, cell phone (enquirer) radiation killed my husband etc.  Realistically I think there is a small risk to older planes with poorly maintained wiring, or at least that needed to be considered. I have no idea if vintage, dc3 etc have any risk. They were less dependent on electronics and communication gear should be easy to check.

              • Re: Update of e readers during takeoff coming

                The way I understand it, the FAA implemented the rules as a result of FCC concerns. The FCC has recently questioned why the FAA is still enforcing these rules. The FAA is pointing back at the FAA. It's this lack of clarity, and the impression that it's an administrative, rather than a safety issue that I think is causing the passenger frustration. If there's a threat and you can point to that threat, I think passengers would be much more likely to comply, just like we put up with the ridiculous TSA molestations in the name of "safety". Without even that level of credibility, people just look around, see know planes falling out of the sky and carry on. I'm not saying that's smart, just reality.


                One problem I'd foresee is making a distinction between a "reader" and a deivce with active wireless components. Especially once in a cover, most FAs probably can't tell one from another, unless only eInk devices are permitted (which would be a boon to the dedicated ereaders), though they too carry wifi and 3G nowadays.