Even the FCC Thinks It’s Dumb That We Have To Turn Off Electronic Devices During Takeoff

Based on no evidence whatsoever, the Federal Aviation Administration for years has required airplane passengers to turn off all electronic devices during takeoff and landing. Let the record show that the long list of people who think this is stupid now includes the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski.

The Hill’s Jennifer Martinez obtained a letter that Genachowski sent on Thursday to Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the FAA, urging him to at least allow passengers to keep using their Kindles and iPads. (The FAA is currently reviewing its policies on electronic devices, though it preemptively announced that it would not consider allowing voice communications.) The step to allow tablets seems all the more common-sensical given that pilots themselves now use iPads as flight manuals.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    I don’t think the FAA/TSA/Airlines want us to start thinking like we’re humans or anything.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Right. Then we might start thinking a junk grope shouldn’t be a prerequisite to flying

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        You say that like you don’t think the grope is a good thing.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Its a man touching my junk. Unless he’s a doctor checking my health, it ain’t good.

  • WOOF

    I believe the reason is so passengers will pay attention to the flight crew.
    Buckle your seat belt, bring your chair to its uptight position,
    no babies in the overhead compartments.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Better confiscate those skymall magazines then.

  • the Fighting Czech

    how good can a cell phone work at 30 thousand feet? Can you get enough towers to be able to have constant communications?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I think it’s more about tablets and e- readers. They have content that works in offline mode and a lot of planes have in flight WiFi.