FAA Committee Recommends Easing Laws for In-Flight Electronics

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Dilbert Adams

I'm sure that on every flight there are one or two fully active devices on the whole time. Many years ago (pre iPhone days) I recall finding my Blackberry has turned itself on in my backpack stored in the overhead compartment. Since I turned it "off", I'd not set the flight mode...I also read the other week, when there was a bang in an engine during takeoff, people were frantically text and tweeting. So much for anyone else's safety. That is is the time I think that people should not to have anything on - take-off or landing, so that you are fully engaged in the emergency procedures and would not be distracted should you have to exit in an emergency. While there's never really anything more than the odd tire pop, bird strike or minor mechanical issue, it's still reasonable not to be distracted by your device.

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Leif Johnson

I have to agree. As a Chicagoan, I love getting beautiful shots of the city when taking off, as the path from O'Hare takes you right over downtown and the lake. I've often done it anyway by sneakily using my iPhone (on Airplane Mode).

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Mike James

As an aviation fan, one of the things I find most irritating is that the restriction against using "electronic devices" also means cameras. A couple of years ago, I thought I could get around this by using a 35mm film camera, but the flight attendant grilled me, saying that the battery in the built-in light meter meant that it was an "electronic device". Geeeeeeeeeeeeez.

My favorite time to take photos and video would be during takeoff and landing, so I hope they finally lift these silly regulations.

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