FAA Revisiting Rules on Electronic Devices

As pleased as passengers are to fly on cheap airplane tickets and cheap vacation packages, many remain frustrated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules pertaining to the use of personal electronics on planes.

The FAA announced recently that it is time for a re-examination of these rules.  The advent of new and evolving electronic technology is behind this decision.  The good news is that the FAA is going to explore testing e-readers, tablets and certain other gadgets on planes.  The bad news is that the FAA is not going to reconsider its policy towards cell phone use on planes.

Airlines are allowed to permit the use of specific electronic devices while in the air if such devices are proven not to interfere with aircraft avionics. 

The same would be true for every version of the Kindle. Also any device would have to be tested for every model of plane in an airline’s fleet.

 Unfortunately airlines have not done the required testing because government regulations make it too expensive and cumbersome.

Current rules require an airline to test each version of a single device before it can be approved by the FAA. 

This means that if an airline wanted to get approval for an iPad, it would have to test the first iPad, iPad 2, and the new iPad, each on a separate flightBusiness Management Articles, with no passengers.

The same would be true for every version of the Kindle.  Also any device would have to be tested for every model of plane in an airline’s fleet.

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