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Electronic Devices Can Now be used In-Flight

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reported on a significant shift in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules concerning the use of electronic devices on airplanes.  Since 1996 the FAA has restricted the use of such devices fearing their emissions might interfere with airplanes’ electronic equipment.  This restricted the use of the equipment until planes were above 10,000 feet in altitude.

The FAA’s restrictions have now been eliminated with only the cell phone (cell phone mode) restriction remaining.  Passengers may keep turned on their e-readers, PCs including Wi-Fi, and other electronic devices at any time while in the planes.  However, larger devices such as PCs will have to be stowed during takeoffs and landings.

This Blog welcomes the FAA’s correction of what it now admits was a decades’ long error concerning the restrictions that were based on at best anecdotal evidence.  It should raise some questions concerning other governmental policies set on supposed hard science.

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