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.