If you're tired of the captain on your flight telling you to shut off all your electronic devices during take-offs and landings, you may be happy to hear that the FAA is continuing to examine whether such steps are necessary because there's little proof to support the notion that such devices actually interfere with an aircraft's vital electronic equipment. You might be even more delighted to hear that the FCC thinks those restrictions should be lifted as well.
In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski urged the agency to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during flights.
"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski wrote. "They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."
The FAA is currently reviewing the issue. With any luck the FAA will realize that passengers need that extra time to use their phones, play their portable game systems, and use those tablets for productive things like checking out the latest gossip on Radar Online.