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iPads at the Ready! US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire Flight

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Fly Your Kite | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on iPads at the Ready! US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire Flight

iPads at the Ready: US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire FlightUS airline passengers will soon be able to use their mobile devices – almost unrestricted – aboard flights on most US based carriers by the end of this year.

The retarded rule thats barred the use of electronic devices during taxi, take-offs and landings has been in place for more than half a century. The new, more relaxed guidelines are the result of a review by the US Federal Aviation Authority.

The review – take note CASA! less than a year from review to implementation – was setup last year and included input from flight crew, passengers, aviation experts and mobile device makers. The review found – shock horror – that commercial airplanes are able to tolerate radio interference from portable electronic device.

The change doesn’t apply to phones, the FAA said it hadn’t considered changing the rules for voice calls because they fall under the jurisdiction of another authority and also differ from other devices because of signal strength ::::

iPads at the Ready: US Airline Travellers Allowed to Use Mobile Devices for Entire Flight

Here in Australia the ban on mobile devices remains? It’s clearly time for a little pressure…

Jetsar’s social media pages: Facebook and Twitter, along with Virgins – Facebook, Twitter – are a great place to start. There’s no way Australian airlines are  going to lift a ban on mobile devices without a little pressure. Hit their social media pages and make some noise…

The FAA elaborated in a statement released on Thursday saying that “The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from portable electronic devices.

The review recommended:

  • That the FAA provide airlines with new procedures to assess if their planes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices.
  • Once an airline verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones at all altitudes.
  • In rare instances of low-visibility, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing.
  • The review also recommended that heavier devices should be safely stowed under seats or in overhead bins during taxi, take-off and landing.

The review committee also called on the FAA to work with international regulatory authorities so that the expanded use of personal devices is “universally accepted.”

CASA said its examining the FAA announcement, however has no short term plans on lifting the ban.

“Currently in Australia all airlines restrict the use of electronic devices during critical phases of flight, such as taxiing, take-off and landing. due to the risk of interference to aircraft systems,” a CASA spokesperson said.”These restrictions remain in place and passengers must follow directions from aircraft crew at all times.”

CASA noted that it has no specific rules governing the use of electronic devices in aircraft, saying that  the issue of personal electronic device use is covered by regulations which require operators to ensure safety is maintained at all times and passengers to comply with the safety instructions given by crew members. Get on those  social pages, it’s going to hurt if QANTAS lets it’s passengers departing the US the use of a Kindle, but ban the same user on landing!?

 

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Mobile phone calls remain barred under Federal Communications Commission rules. But fliers will be free to keep smartphones, tablets and e-readers running in “airplane” mode.

US based Delta Air Lines and JetBlue  promptly filed plans with the FAA to show that their aircraft can tolerate radio signals from electronic devices, a condition required by the regulator.

The change is likely to boost the use of mobile gadgets like Amazon’s Kindle readers and Apple’s iPad. Passengers will be able to connect with an airline’s WiFi network and can use Bluetooth accessories, such as wireless mouse and headphones.

A big winner from the change could be Gogo, an inflight internet supplier, the company furnishes Internet service to about 80 percent of US aircraft. The FAA’s move is “another favourable tailwind,” Gogo Chief Executive Michael Small told Reuters.

Technology fans recently mumbled over the high cost to the travelling public of passengers not having unfettered access to their mobile devices.

“More than 105 million hours of disrupted technological activity on domestic flights is projected in 2013 — an estimated 104 percent increase since 2010 – due to the FAA ban on the use of devices during takeoffs and landings,” according to a May 2013 study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitcan Development at Chicago’s DePaul University.

The US Federal Communications Commission – FCC – in May started deliberations on a proposal that would offer a new type of in-flight broadband service promising U.S. fliers higher Wi-Fi speeds and better connections. The proposal, which has been pushed for years by wireless equipment maker Qualcomm, seeks to open up more radio airwaves for airborne Internet access.

In a statement, acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clybourn said the agency continues to study how best to promote consumers’ and businesses’ ability to use wireless devices on aircraft and elsewhere.

As a practical matter, phones should be kept in airplane mode during flight, the FAA’s Huerta said. Without this setting, phones would continue to search vainly for a signal while aloft, draining batteries. Huerta said the guidance applies to US airlines throughout their domestic and international routes.

 

FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics.pdf

 

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source: faa
source: afp
source: reuters
source: virgin
source: jetstar
source: casa
source: fcc
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