Took Long Enough: FAA Lifts Ban Of Mobile Device Use During Takeoff And Landing
In news that proves just how timely the US government can be, the FAA has announced a lift on the ban of mobile device use during a plane's takeoff and landing. The ban, which has been in place since the 90's when nobody understood how cell phones worked, has long been the bane of passengers who would rather listen to music than all the kids around them crying during takeoff. Me? I like to drink enough at the airport so that I've already passed out against the window by the time we pull away from the gate. You know how they say you're supposed to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight? I do five.
The FAA's announcement requires airlines to prove that electronic devices are safe to use on their planes from gate to gate, and the agency expects all carriers to get the thumbs-up from the Feds by the end of the year.
E-book devices, handheld gaming systems, tablets, and phones will be allowed during takeoff and landing...However, larger devices like laptops will have to be stowed away because of their potential to become silicon-filled projectiles if there's an emergency -- which was the real reason many airlines preferred the ban to be in effect.
Great -- but here's the deal: don't make any phone calls during takeoff, okay? Nobody around you wants to hear what the hell your significant other is thinking about having for dinner. If they're involved in a car chase, okay, but you better put that shit on speaker.
Thanks to everyone who sent this, at least two of which were really excited to not have their Words With Friends game interrupted during takeoff.