Now here's something worth getting excited about if your next flight will be on Southwest Airlines: You'll be able to connect small portable electronic devices like the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to Wi-Fi from gate to gate.
And so our long national, er, mild annoyance is over. Following a recommendation by a special committee last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that restrictions on portable electronic devices such as the iPhone and iPad on airplanes in the coming months will be far less imposing than they were in the past.
Oh, Microsoft… you're back at it again with a new generation of Surface tablets, but we can only imagine that buyers will forget all about them when Apple unveils its next iPad, presumably at a media event next month. But kudos to the Windows maker for adopting the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again…"
We've all been there: you're just about to hit a high score in Super Hexagon, when suddenly, the cabin door on the airplane closes. Relegated to reading about garden gnomes in Sky Mall magazine, the next 10,000 feet are the longest in history. But Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wants to change all of that with proposed legislation to keep our iPads going strong from take-off to landing.
Using the iPad, loaded with aviation apps that can handle both preflight planning as well as in-flight operations, is preferable for a growing number of pilots who want to ditch their little black bags. Those bags usually contain as much as 40 pounds of binders and documents and can't play Angry Birds.