Frequent flyers everywhere rejoice: your days of switching your iPod or eBook off for take-off and landing may be coming to a very speedy close. The Federal Aviation Administration’s advisory committee announced this week that rules against electronics could safely be dropped completely.
To be clear: your electronic devices will still need to be flipped into plane mode, but you won’t get told off by a flight attendant for trying to finish watching a movie on your tablet, or typing away on your laptop. Previously, there were concerns that certain devices were capable of interfering with planes flying at low altitudes, which is why you were only allowed to turn your electronics on once the flight had reached 10,000 feet.
The advisory panel in charge of this decision stated that planes have advanced sufficiently since these restrictions were originally imposed. Modern planes are constructed to be far more resistant to interference, whilst our electronic devices give out far weaker signals than they once did.
It is expected that new guidelines to electronic use on planes will be approved once the FAA have reviews the advisory committee’s findings. Changes could come into effect in 2014 or 2015.