Jun 21 2013, 3:28am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
The most inconvenient thing for travelers on board a plane is when they have to shut off their devices. But that might just change now that the FAA is showing some leniency in gadget deployment by passengers. Some of the electronic contraptions are going to be struck off the list of banned items than may not be operated while the flight is in motion. Even while the plane is achieving lift-off and preparing to land passengers on board will be given the right to employ their smart devices at their discretion. According to The Wall Street Journal, a top advisory committee gave its recommendations to the FAA for approval. Finally, all the strict rules regarding the exercising of electronic entities while in the air will be broken thanks to this freedom clause.
There is one caveat though. Cell phones remain under a ban in this reformation of sorts. It’s a very big issue and it is not expected that it will be solved so easily. The ABCs of the process have just ensued and the discussions could take a while to reach their final conclusions. There could even be some changes along the way. The basic rules were drafted in the 60s so they have become rather obsolete. New times require new regulatory means. The tourists’ standards and level of technology then and now are so radically different that a comparison would be futile.
With the technological revolution at an all-time high, all these strictures on in-flight device handling seem out of place. The FAA has finally paid heed to the demand for some leeway in this matter. The hazard of devices interfering with the plane’s circuitry is the major reason behind the laws that have been implemented. Most airlines disallow any devices from being operated except at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Part of the reason for the current liberation in laws may be the fact that many passengers don’t follow the tiresome rules. They often leave their mobile devices on.
At present, the state is one of confusion and chaos. The FAA will have to assess the situation and integrate device usage into the daily working order of the aeronautical arena. There is no other way out of this dilemma. Some of the devices could be allowed from takeoff till the time the flight reaches its highest altitude. Others such as e-readers can be facilitated during all stages of the journey. Ultimately, the rising voices of lawmakers and ticket purchasers will be heard. Since the electronic devices of today are not only safer but far more sophisticated than the previous generation’s versions, it goes without saying that a good and salubrious change is well on its way.
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