In the last couple of years the debate regarding the suposed danger of using electronic devices during airplane takeoffs and landings has heated up. Spurred on by a series of articles from the tech community, as well as voices from within the aviation community, the industry has begun to take another look at its rules and, according to a new report, things may be about to change.
The New York Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to announce relaxed rules for the operation of tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing sometime toward the end of this year. If true, the announcement would come as welcome news to a consumer market absolutely saturated with all manner of tablet devices that become essentially useless during long takeoff and landing sequences due to strict FAA rules.
The rules are made even more frustrating to some, now that it has become known that many airline pilots are being equipped with tablets as part of their standard set-ups. Such a development has caused many to ask why pilots, situated in the most sensitive part of the airplane, are allowed to use supposedly dangerous tablets during takeoffs and landings, while passengers cannot.
However, the report does point out that the rumored electronic device rule change will not apply to cell phones. So airplane mode will still be "a thing," but sometime very soon we may finally be able to comfort ourselves during those rocky landings and rough takeoffs by virtually burying our heads inside our tablets and e-readers.