22 Dec '11, 9am

Must we really turn off all electronic devices on planes during takeoff & landing?

Few things try the modern soul like air travel. The endless and arbitrary security hassles. The officious flight crews. Bag fees, shrinking seats, shrieking infants. Then, once you're ready for takeoff, the verbatim diktats about turning off portable electronic devices. This last inconvenience has resisted scrutiny long enough. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to determine exactly how dangerous devices such as iPods, Kindles and personal video games really are - and be completely transparent with the public about its findings. The FAA agreed on Dec 1 to permit American Airlines pilots to use iPads in the cockpit, rather than paper flight charts and manuals, even during takeoff and landing. Yet passengers are still required to power down anything with an on-off switch. Why the discrepancy? The stated rationale is simply caution: The FAA says it doesn't know w...

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