How many of you actually turn off your cellphone, iPad, Kindle or personal computer when on board an aircraft? Now, if I tell you that these rules were put into place before the iPad was even released, wouldn’t you be surprised? During our travels, we are forced to use more traditional ways to keep us entertained, like books and magazines, and even colored crayons for some (remember the good old days?). These regulations are a result of rules enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). However, the last testing of the use of personal electronics on board flights was done in 2006 — 4 years before the iPad was first introduced to the market. With current predictions for the end of 2012 stating that more than 40 million eReaders and 60 million tablets will be owned solely in the United States, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to see things change. In a letter he sent to the FAA, he asked for more relaxed restrictions on in-flight device use during takeoff and landing. “Mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives. They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness,” stated Genachowski. In fact, the FCC prohibits only the use of cellular phones on the 800MHz frequency and other wireless devices that function the same way, due to their potential interference with aircraft safety. At the same time, the FAA bans in-flight use of wireless devices due to possible interference with internal aircraft navigation and communication systems. After Genachowski’s letter, Laura J. Brown, FAA deputy assistant administrator for public affairs, told the New York Times that the agency will take a “fresh look” at in-flight use of electronic devices. With the advent of new technology, and because airlines have not conducted the testing necessary to approve new devices such as the iPad, Brown confirmed that the FAA is taking a closer look at the current regulations. The FAA is attempting to work with electronic manufacturers and vendors, as well as aircraft manufacturers, to discover a way to allow the use of personal electronics on board, even during takeoff and landings. The scary thing is that even with all the current regulations, are passengers really switching their devices off? What if the testing shows that iPads and Kindles are a threat to aircraft safety? There is no way to prevent our generation from traveling without personal devices — they are attached to our hip, just like our pants are. Photo credit: Yagan Kiely (Flickr)Share this:Like this:Like Loading... http://www.facebook.com/rafaelnasser2 Rafael Nasser all this fuss about turning off your phone/ipad is of the past. Now-a-days these apparatus don’t make a spark when receiving signal. I think it’s funny how they might tell someone to turn off their kindle (which has electronic INK) since it just changes its screen’s background (just rearranging the ink elsewhere, not eliminating it). Yet the prize of the funniest goes to all smartphones; they have an AIRPLANE mode that isn’t allowed in an AIRPLANE. LOL, ironic huh!