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FAA to study use of electronics on planes

By Joshua Freed

AP Airlines Writer

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It's going to be a while before airline passengers can use iPads and other electronic devices during the whole flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration says it's forming a committee to study the issue. But its plan suggests the committee's work won't be done until March at the earliest.

The committee will give a recommendation to the FAA, which will make the final decision about any changes. The FAA says allowing cell phone use during flights isn't under consideration.

Airlines currently ban electronic devices until the plane reaches 10,000 feet. They have to be put away before landing, too.

In March, the FAA raised hopes that it might loosen rules for electronic devices by saying it would study ways to test them.







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loquaciousone wrote:
The FAA is hiring volunteers to conduct these live test on airplanes. Anonymity is required so that the pilots don't know if their electronics are going to go koo koo and their planes are going to fall out of the sky.
on August 27,2012 | 10:10AM
SueH wrote:
As a pilot of 38 years, I can say with certainty the reason airlines ban the use of electronic devices during critical moments of flight (landing and takeoff, i.e., below 10,000 ft.) is because this is the flight regime where most accidents and emergencies occur, requiring quick crew action and the need for passengers to immediately follow instructions. Airlines don't want passengers pre-occupied with cell phone calls or electronic gaming devices when they need to be listenening and paying attention to crew emergency instructions. The electronic ban has nothing to do with interference of the planes electronic navigation and communtication devices, as the airlines and FAA would like the public to believe, but rather helps ensure passenger compliance.
on August 27,2012 | 10:13AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Now that you've let the cat out of the bag, what do you think is going to happen when the flight crew ask someone to put their phone away?
on August 27,2012 | 10:24AM
juscasting wrote:
They either put it away or the flight gets delayed because they will be escorted off the plane to awaiting Law Enforecement personnel at the gate!
on August 27,2012 | 11:22AM
Steve96785 wrote:
Pretty hard to do at 8000 feet whether right after take off or prior to landing. Way better than the Air Force which used to have us all assume crash positions [head tucked between our legs] on every landing. Great for saftey, but showed a lack of belief in the pilots' skill set.
on August 27,2012 | 11:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Well I remember doing the A bomb fetal position exercise under the desk at Elementary School. They never bothered to tell us that if the A bomb was dropped on the school there would be no school, no desk, and no you.
on August 27,2012 | 12:39PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Actually what they didn't tell you was that if the bomb was dropped anywhere in up to a twenty mile radius there would be no school and no you. Close only counts in horse shoes and nuclear warfare. My first real job in the Air Force was calculating the deviation of missiles given four different models of Earth's real size and shape to determine just how large a bomb needed to be targeted for hardened Soviet command centers. Now that we have GPS, accuracy is much higher, so smaller devices can do a more reliable job of eliminating everything that breathes air.
on August 27,2012 | 01:49PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I believe American Airlines did a test years ago with a very large number of cell phones with zero effect on nav and control of the aircraft.
on August 27,2012 | 04:24PM
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