Geekazine 6th Anniversary Episode: FAA Changes Rules: Keep Your Device On

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Geek Smack: Your Devices Stay On – FAA Reverses a Policy

For years, flight attendants would tell you had to turn off your phone completely – not just in Airplane mode. I personally like to listen to music as I but could never do that until now. With the new rule, can I really continue to use my devices as the plane takes off?

Let’s start with the obvious – If you have a big, bulky laptop that needs the tray table down; you probably won’t be able to keep that running during take-off. An (in Airplane mode), iPad, kindle or other e-reader, mp3 player and even my Google Glass can stay on while the plane is taking off.

The FAA states that if the device could possibly impede evacuation, then it will not be allowed during take-off or landing. An iPad and iPhone can either be held or placed in either your pocket or the seat pocket in front of you.

Now I am guessing the new words to use are “Not our responsibility”. e.g. it’s not the airline’s responsibility if you drop your iPhone and the screen cracks during take-off or landing.

That might be obvious to some, but you know someone is going to try and buck the system.

The FAA also says you may still be asked to turn off your devices if there is any possibility it could impede the flight. These would most likely include emergency situations – strong storms being a simple example.

If it’s a small price to pay for your safety, I would do it.

It will be nice to listen to music or podcasts on my phone or tablet during . It will also be nice to read or play a game that doesn’t require a cellular or wifi signal while we are making it up to 30,000 feet. I’ll also be able to legally take pictures and video of Madison, WI and other cities. Now all I need is peanuts and a good drink and I’m set to fly…

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