FAA moving toward easing restrictions on use of electronic devices by airline passengers

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 21, 2013 - 8:15 PM

WASHINGTON — The government is moving toward easing restrictions on cellphone use during takeoff and landing.

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popcornz1Jun. 21, 13 1:15 PM

aww. air travel was one place I could get away from people being on their phone.

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sooofedupJun. 21, 13 1:35 PM

So can the signals really disrupt the plane's electronics? That should be the question and decide the answer, NOT because the agency is feeling pressure from the public or politicians. The politicians don't keep the planes in the air. If you can't wait 15 mins to land then you shouldn't be taking public transportation. Your hectic life shouldn't endanger my life.

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dhenkelsJun. 21, 13 1:39 PM

There is no reason an ebook, not connected to a network should be banned from use. Same as any music player. Only thing I wish they woldn't lift the ban on would be talking on the phones!!

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raineyrooJun. 21, 13 2:11 PM

As one that used to fly 20-30 times per year, I had already invested in a nice pair of Bowers & Wilkins head phones. I shudder the thought of not packing them in my bag and have to listen to some myna bird in the seat next to me yammer on about reality TV, their medical issues, or their precious little 10 year old honor student/future pro-hockey player.

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rogerbJun. 21, 13 2:11 PM

Two issues here. One is safety - can the device interfere with the plane. The other is etiquette - do we have to have a rule in place to maintain a little common decency. I enjoy the absence of others' phone conversations while I am flying.

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phatcatpatJun. 21, 13 2:47 PM

Please don't allow this. I travel 2-3 times per month. We don't need loud talking, foul mouthed people yapping in the air.

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Lifeguard06Jun. 21, 13 3:11 PM

Yes cell phone signals can interfere with aircraft navigation equipment. Mainly the ADF which was suppose to be shut down but hasn't so. And two I don't need the flight attendants complaining after every leg how everyone was talking and no one paid attention to the safety briefing. And it took me 3 or 4 excuse me's to get through each row of the aisle because everyone was lost in their conversations.

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