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FAA Finally Says That We Can Use Electronics During Takeoff and Landing


When the Federal Airlines Administration first set the rule that stated people were not allowed to use personal electronic devices when a flight was taking off or landing, there was certainly a reason for it. Mobile devices and the airline industry themselves have both come a long way since then, however, and today we can finally kiss that annoying rule goodbye. 

In a release today, the FAA said they are allowing passengers to use personal electronics during “all phases of the flight” except for a few “very limited exceptions.” It should be noted that in the release, the FAA still strongly recommends using Airplane mode on your device.  There is no set deadline for when each airline has to start adhering to this change, but Delta has already put together a plan to make the change by tomorrow.

Via: Engadget

  • Even though I rarely fly, this is still exciting news!! And with that said, I’m on to read about the Nexus 5 / Kit Kat announcement (I read as they post, lol).

  • tabsaz

    I hope this means cameras are ok at takeoff and landing too – that’s often the coolest part of a flight if you’re a photographer.

  • Flyinion

    Alec Baldwin will be so happy about this news!

  • reallife

    God forbid we are ever asked to go without our phones for a few brief moments. Might actually end up starting a conversation with that sack of blood and organs in the seat next to you or something. Yuck.

  • bogy25

    I fly out of Hartford, CT this weekend on a Delta flight – we’ll see what is announced and if some old hag sitting next to me during take off is talking to her friend on her phone I am going to elbow her in the head.

  • LionStone

    Nice, thanks Delta!

  • jb

    In unrelated news; the NSA has announced that they now have an improved plan to foil terrorist attacks on planes, but won’t say what it is…

    • SA_NYC

      Ha! Great comment.

  • akazerotime

    Is this post sponcered by an.droid-life.com because it has nothing to do with a Nexus 5 or Kit Kat? Well it should be.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I see some pissed of trolls downvoting every thing nexus 5 related. http://www.titocouture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/667157267.gif

  • interstellarmind

    Obviously this is what Google was waiting for before announcing the Nexus 5.

    A phone so fast… it flies.

  • Butters619

    Droid Life Poll:

    How many people actually turned their device off?

    • triumphtriple

      I would put my phone on airplane mode, but that was the extent of my efforts. haha

      • BuckNut23

        Same here. Turning it on and off was too much of a hassle.

        • Matt

          If only my phone had the same boot times as my notebook with an SSD.

      • Ian Smith

        and honestly, i’d rather keep it in airplane mode for the duration of the flight anyways to conserve battery by not having the radio struggle finding a signal when 40,000 ft in the air.

    • LionStone

      I don’t turn it off, just Airplane mode…and I see that many others around me that’s all they do too even when the flight assistant says, “all the way off, NOT just airplane mode.” I say screw it, Airplane mode is fine.

    • J Dub

      Pretty sure there’s a reason it’s called Airplane mode in the first place.

    • Last year, I went to put mine in airplane mode, and a flight attendant saw me and made me turn it off. She would not walk away until I powered it down. So dumb.

    • asten77

      I know it doesn’t affect anything, but I’m not a giant d-bag so I turn my phone off. How #@%@ lazy does one have to be that they can’t hit a button and endure a short wait?

      • Butters619

        I actually have a reasonable reason. My One X loses about 10% battery if I turn it off and turn it back on. My phone loses about 1/2% per hour in airplane mode.

  • jhlinka

    Yea I never understood how my ipod,which couldn’t possibly be connected to any wireless signal, couldn’t be on during takeoff/landing…

    • Mchl496

      Electromagnetic interference. running electricity generates a very small electromagnetic field. The fear was enough of the little fields together would screw up sensitive instruments that would keep hundreds of people alive.

  • MikeCiggy
    • Shawn Spring

      The Gif machine is rocking today!

  • Zach B.

    FAA announces I can USE MY NEW NEXUS 5 ON PLANES.

  • This isn’t the Droid we are looking for

  • Droidzilla

    Rule change must be due to the increase in phone usage expected from the Nexus 5 . . . Nexus 5 launch today confirmed!

  • ManBearPig618

    Does this include the Nexus 5?

  • Ian Smith

    commercial pilot here: finally. the radios never affected anything to do with any part of the avionics on these modern passenger airliners. cool. now i just wonder if the FA will still be telling me to take my headphones off during takeoff/landing.

    • anezarati

      i understand that the radios might not affect anything, but i would be more concerned with all of the passengers being distracted and not being able to react as fast if something bad happens.

      • Ian Smith

        yeah, that’s why i think the FAs ask to remove headphones as well in case of emergency. i’ll be interested to see if that continues. hearing something abnormal can be the first sign of impending doom.

      • Alan

        I’m more concerned with what will attendants do to make sure all capable electronics have their cellular radio off since that’s still banned.

        Sounds like waiting at the gate will be longer now if the attendants properly follow the rules.

    • Joe

      Are you a commerical Aeronotical or Electrical engineer who deals with radio related electronics?

      • Ian Smith

        yeah, totally

  • Philip J. Fry

    You know what I want to say.

    • Take my money? :-/

    • Dane Carpenter

      This isn’t Nexus 5 news?