FCC asks FAA to relax in-flight device restrictions, study under way

By Rick
Dec 10, 2012
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  1. Federal Communications Commission chairman Juluis Genachowski has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to consider relaxing its strict set of policies (pdf) prohibiting the in-flight use of certain portable electronics. Specifically, the FCC would like the FAA to, "enable greater use of...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,881   +351

    Huh, thats a change, the FCC asking someone to be more lenient.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,330   +379

    I'd prefer that keep it the same. Problem is, people just can't leave their precious electronic toys alone once they have them fired up. Hard to get in or out of your seat when some simpleton has the row blocked off with their laptop because they need "just a few more minutes," playing WoW, especially during embarking or leaving.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,809   +1,431

    Maybe they could designate a specific area for those who would prefer this service out of courtesy for those who don't.
  5. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 694   +211

    Wouldn't work - everyone would protest.

    Jetliners, commuter trains and buses are among the few places that tablets actually make sense. As long as the cellular-equipped models also have "airplane mode" I don't see a problem.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,809   +1,431

    Your probably right.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,043   +697

    The biggest fans of this change would be flight attendents. Ask any flight attendent what the hardest part of their job is and there's a good chance they'll mention getting people to turn off their phones.

    Best case of this I saw was a guy telling an attendent that his phone was off and getting angry that she wouldn't believe him. I glance over and his phone is in his shirt pocket glowing brightly.
  8. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    LOL - the inverse of the Dead Parrot sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

    "This phone is live!"
    "No it's not. It's dead. It's almost buried."
    "Not it's not - it's live, you can see the light!"
    "No you can't."


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