Posted in general | music on November 1, 2013


After years of being told to turn off your electronic devices during airplane takeoffs and landings, you'll finally be able to use them (MP3 players included), as was revealed in a new announcement by the FAA (via CNN)...

Until now, passengers in the United States were prohibited from using the devices until their plane rose above 10,000 feet. The timing of the changes will depend on individual airlines, but an FAA statement said it 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."

"Each airline will determine how and when this will happen," FAA administrator Michael Huerta told reporters at Reagan National Airport.

The periods of flight in question are fairly short. The ascent of an aircraft to 10,000 feet usually takes 10 minutes or less, depending on the airport and weather conditions, said Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot and Askthepilot blogger.

Delta Air Lines and JetBlue wasted no time announcing Thursday morning that both airlines have filed plans with the FAA to allow for use of approved electronic devices below 10,000 feet on their flights. Both carriers had representatives on the FAA advisory panel.


he FAA had long claimed that using electronic devices during takeoff and landing posed a safety issue and that radio signals from the devices could interfere with an aircraft's communications, navigation and other systems.

But a panel the FAA established last year to study the issue concluded that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals.

Before an airline switches to the relaxed rules, it will have to prove to the FAA that its aircraft can tolerate the interference. Airlines have, over the years, built newer planes with portable electronics in mind, hardening them against electromagnetic interference.

The FAA did outline an exception to the new rule: "In some instances of low visibility -- about one percent of flights -- some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device."




Tags: airplanes, FAA

Comments (16)

my life long dream of listening to Space Oddity just prior to takeoff will be fulfilled.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 11:48 AM

Glad they are getting into this century.. Will they now stop talking about two-way pagers and smoking ?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:00 PM

Still make sure you pay attention to your flight attendants that is the thing that worries me. Most people are clueless for the safety features on a plane for an emergency. Can't it wait a few minutes..

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:05 PM

^ I'll be okay, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:30 PM

@12:05pm Well aren't you just a stick in the hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 12:56 PM

12:30 you were probably one of the jerks on the asiana crash who took their suitcase with them while deplaning

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:02 PM

1:02 it comes down to people are selfish. Everyone is for common decency or courtesy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:06 PM

I can't wait to bring my MP3 player on board.

Posted by 2004 | November 1, 2013 1:27 PM

If we're not allowed to listen to music during takeoffs and landing the terrorists win.

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:49 PM

Gonna upload the pre-flight instructions onto my mp3 player and listen to them before the flight

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 1:59 PM

God forbid people be without technology for a few minutes during take off and landings..

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 4:18 PM

I hope it means I can also update my Facebook status during take off and landing.
I mean, I have so many important things to tell my FB audience.
"the seats are blue"
"the fat man next to me farted"
"I am reading Brooklyn Vegan during take off... man, these comments are retarded"
"twerk it gurl"

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2013 4:20 PM

Yeah 4:20 (aka Brad), I'm unfriending you if the constant updates don't stop.

Posted by Sherman | November 1, 2013 4:39 PM

the EMF's of phones and kindles only extend to 1 inch around the device and it is 1/10 as powerful as the speakers the flight attendants use even when they're turned off.

Posted by Ella | February 27, 2014 4:22 AM

They didn't say anything about sex while skydiving. They tried to charge a pornstar for having fun and working hard. Cause they are full of old business men that gotta pay for sex and not get paid for it. FAA haha. Old farts shut up and take care of airplanes, you don't own the sky.

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