Airline passengers may be allowed more onboard use of devices

Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013

imagesCome tomorrow and it will be clear if the much anticipated wider usage of electronics on flights have been given a nod by the Federal Aviation Administration or not. For now the FAA now prohibits use of personal electronic devices while a plane is below 10,000 feet, with the exception of portable recorders, hearing aids, heart pacemakers and electric shavers.

 
It is to be noted that the restrictions are intended to prevent interference with flight controls, radios and navigation equipment. However, an advisory panel was constituted by FAA to look into the matter of wider use of electronics on flights. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta was quoted by a website as saying that the agency’s plans for expanding device use would be released “very quickly.”

 
A framework envisioned by an FAA advisory panel would allow airlines to let devices stay on throughout flights if they can demonstrate it would be safe, an industry official familiar with the report was quoted by a website as saying..

 
The FAA advisory panel sent its recommendations to the agency in September. The release of the report and an announcement of any FAA policy changes were delayed by the 16-day partial government shutdown that began on Oct. 1.However, mobile-phone calls and text messages will remain forbidden at any time during flight over concerns that the signals may interfere with ground networks.

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