– But Don’t Call Anyone!
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally lifted the unpopular ban on using electronic devices during airplane take-offs and landings.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced on October 31st, that “airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.” Great news for frequent fliers.
Although it is not quite legal yet, depending on the airline you fly.
The FAA explained that, “Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”
There are still restrictions. The main one is that you can’t use cell phones to make calls during flights. Voice communications fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), not the FAA. As someone who’d just as soon not listen to someone else’s conversation, they can keep that restriction forever as far as I’m concerned.