The Federal Aviation Administration is strongly considering revising the current ban on electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
Ever been halfway through an email or nearing that pivotal moment of completing Where's Waldo Now when you hear the words every passenger dreads to hear? No, not that the lifejackets fail to work - but the flight attendants requesting for all handheld electronic devices to be switched off during takeoff and landing. Well apparently, this is all set to change - with the FAA considering taking a "fresh look" at the ban.
However, we shouldn't rejoice too much at the news - as the FAA is only looking into devices other than smartphones; which sadly means that our BlackBerrys, iPhones and other essential smartphones remain excluded from this equation.
The current premise for approval involves the testing of each model on an empty flight - at one device per journey. The process also involves the testing on every single plane within the airline's fleet, as well as repeating the procedure for every single airline looking to permit the use of personal electronic flights, explained a vice president at Virgin America.
As the implications are both costly and time-consuming, the FAA has stated that it will re-evaluate the matter, and is now working with "manufacturers, consumer electronic associations, aircraft and avionics manufacturers, airlines, pilots, flight attendants and passengers" in order to resolve the issue of getting such devices approved.
Source: The Verge