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FAA Forms Study Group to Examine Expanded Use of Gadgets on Aircraft

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Back in March of this year, we mentioned that the FAA had agreed to re-examining restrictions on gadgets during commercial aircraft flights. The FAA announced this week that it has formed a government-industry group to study the use of certain consumer electronics devices during flights. This could mean that you no longer have to stow your electronic devices during certain stages of commercial flights.

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The new group will investigate which new technologies passengers will be allowed to use during flight and when it’s safe for passengers to use them. The good news is that the FAA apparently isn’t considering allowing voice calls to be made during flights. This is good news because if voice calls were allowed I think airlines would need more air marshals to prevent beat downs on overly chatty passengers.

I’m sure we can count on still having to turn our devices off when the aircraft is taking off, if for no other reason than to provide fewer distractions to passengers so they’ll pay attention to the program the flight attendants put on about safety. The group is soliciting input from the public as long as the suggestions have nothing to do with making voice calls using cell phones acceptable during flights.

[via TheNextWeb]







Comments (2):

  1. Max says:

    Phonecalls aren’t being considered because the cellular signal directly effects the navigation and comms systems

    • Verbat1m says:

      No, those signals really don’t matter. If the flight instruments are FCC compliant (they have to be), the simple fact of the matter is that those frequencies aren’t any different from TV bands (transmitters of which are producing thousands of watts more RF than cellular gear, as high as a full megawatt ERP for American DTV) or radio or anything else RF as long as it isn’t on the same band as the gear is designed to operate.

      Barring that, do you *really* think your cell phone can connect to a tower when moving at 600 MPH at 20,000 feet in the air?

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