Eight miles high, and nothing to do but flip through the SkyMall catalogue. Many travelers have felt frustrated by the ban on iPods and other devices on airplanes. Ever wonder why some electronics are permitted, while others are verboten? Is it really a safety issue? Can your iPad or Kindle really interfere with an airplane’s instruments or air traffic control communications?
Take heart, the laundry list of rules and regulations could possibly shrink soon as the FAA prepares to review its in-flight electronics policy. If the review does find the policy can be loosened, or even abolished, how will airlines possibly ensure that passengers use their devices correctly?
Dwight Silverman, technology blogger for the Houston Chronicle
Captain Ross “Rusty” Aimer, Aviation Safety Specialist, Aero Consulting Experts; former United Airlines captain