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The FAA to loosen regulations on electronics aboard planes

By David Tom ยท 10 replies
Jun 21, 2013
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  1. The Federal Aviation Administration will reportedly loosen the currently strict restrictions on the use of electronics aboard airplanes. The recommendation to change these regulations will be brought forth by a 28 member advisory panel, and if successful, fliers will have...

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  2. I never see anyone abiding by this rule. Some people dont even turn off the cell phones either. Just hide them.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,632   +689

    If they ever allow cell phone usage (for talking that is), I'll be walking to wherever I need to go. Like cell phones aren't already the most annoying thing in all of humanity. Let's just lock 250 people in a silver tube for a few hours and let them loose with their cell phones. Ugh....
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  4. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 756   +213

    Didn't they prove that the whole requirement of turning your phone off was just a ploy to make you pay for expensive in flight calls?
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,981   +2,871

    People just blatantly disregard the safety rules. Just because there hasn't been a major disaster yet (that I'm aware of) it doesn't mean to say it won't or can't happen.
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,489   +3,485

    The no call rule has to do with cell companies (they don't allow the cell towers to broadcast at those altitudes) and keeping people from chattering away on their phones in the cabin. The whole thing about phones interfering with the aircraft comms and nav is largely held to be bogus, as all of that equipment is shielded from interference. The only reason they tell you to shut the phones/other devices off is because the FAA mandates it.
  7. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    No. GSM smartphones actually do affect the navigation systems of smaller aircraft and could affect larger aircraft if there are enough people using them. 800Mhz frequencies are proven to cause a very significant effect with little power. Airplanes built 2009 and newer all have fully shielded cables so that this type of interference cannot occur, but chances are you won't be riding in a plane that new since most last 20 years+
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  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    I'm happy for the flight attendants. I've heard stories from them that getting people to shut off their phones is the most painful part of their job. People will look a flight attendant in the face and tell them their phone is off when it's in their front shirt pocket glowing. You'd think the Skymall could keep people busy for 20 mins during takeoff, but I guess some people already own all the Slap Chops and ergonomic pillows they need...
  9. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    Don't worry, the practice of actually talking on phones is slowly going away. Some of the younger generation don't even know this function exists. :)
  10. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    Nah phones don't really interfere at at with any navigation equipment just non techy savs which claim different. Same with medical equipment. Phones used to be banned in hospitals because of such claims which were all utter tosh
  11. I fully support the FAA ban on cell phones voice calls in-flight, regardless of reason. My reason is simple... Phone usage will incite "AIR RAGE". Imagine sitting within 5 rows of some loudmouth for several hours while she loudly blabbed away on the phone with using foul language. It's a captive audience, we should NOT have to be subject to that!! I personally would think twice about flying.

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