FAA May Allow Passengers To Use iPads During Take-Off And Landing

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In December 2011, The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave American Airlines’ pilot approval to use iPads in-cockpit as a cost-effective replacement for heavy pilot bags. However, what is allowed for pilots and US Air Force is off limit to passengers who are still prohibited from using their wireless gadgets during taxi, take-off, landing or while the aircraft is under 10,000 feet.

This policy exists over fear of consumer electronics interfering with aircraft avionics and cockpit electronics. Now there is a good news for you.

The use of iPad maybe allowed for passengers while they are airborne.

According to the New York Times, FAA is considering relaxing its policies governing the use of gadgets such as e-readers, iPads and other wireless devices in commercial planes.

FAA’s Laura J. Brown told author Nick Bolton that the agency is taking a “fresh look” at the use of personal electronics on planes and is in the process of figuring out a way to start testing new electronics on airplanes:

With the advent of new and evolving electronic technology, and because the airlines have not conducted the testing necessary to approve the use of new devices, the FAA is taking a fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices, other than cellphones, on aircraft.

Once the the approval process gets figured out, certifying gadgets will definitely take time because airlines will have to test each version of a single device before it can be approved. As a result, the use of personal electronic devices on commercial airplanes could wind up being entwined “in the kind of bureaucratic red tape only Washington can invent”, Bolton explains.

Source: iDownload Blog

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