Late last year, the FCC asked the FAA to ease its restrictions of using electronic devices during flights. It’s been six months since the FCC attempted to help us play Candy Crush Saga from the start to the end of our flight, and today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting the FAA is preparing to loosen its restrictions on the use of personal electronics on aircrafts.
According to the report, a 28-member advisory panel will recommend the FAA relax restrictions it has for personal electronics to be used during taxiing, takeoff and landing, which would be a drastic change considering the current restrictions only allows passengers use of these devices when the aircraft reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet.
The earliest we can see the FAA even begin to consider relaxing restrictions would be at the end of September. That is when the panel is expected to submit the final version of its recommendations. We just hope the panel also recommends free neck pillows and better headphones for in-flight movies, although we’ll definitely make relaxed restrictions a much higher priority.
- 2014-03-09: FAA Appeals NTSB's Ruling On Commercial Drone Use
- 2014-02-13: FAA Clamps Down On Pilots' Personal Use Of Electronic Devices In Cockpit
- 2014-01-13: FAA Wants To Create Safety Guidelines For Drones
- 2013-12-19: British Airways Now Lets Passengers Use Electronic Devices Gate To Gate
- 2013-11-05: American Airlines Passengers Can Now Use Personal Electronic Devices Gate-To-Gate