Monday, December 10, 2012

FCC Calls For FAA to Lighten Restrictions on Wireless Devices Mid-Flight

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Here's some potentially good news for all those frequent fliers who can't put down their electronic devices during flights: the Federal Communications Commission has got your back.

From The Hill:

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during flights in a letter sent Thursday to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

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"This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski writes. "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."

This comes as the FAA is reviewing its policies on allowing tablets and other wireless devices to be in use during flights. The FAA does note, however, that they will not be allowing "voice communication" during flights—so no cell phones, folks.

There's been no action taken on this recommendation from the FCC as of yet, so don't expect airlines to look too kindly upon your iPad use this holiday season—just listen to the attendants when they tell you to put away your oh-so-valuable hunk of metal and glass.

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