FCC Asks FAA to Allow Greater Use of Gadgets During Flights

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski did not refer to a general acceptance of voice calls, but "greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices."

That "greater use" apparently would allow communications other than voice as Genachowski noted that such devices "empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness."

Genachowski reportedly sent the letter to FAA administrator Michael Huerta, who has not officially responded to the request yet. It was unclear whether the note would be targeted at greater availability of Wi-Fi connectivity on airplanes or the permission to allow cellular connections during flights.

 

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  • abbadon_34
    electronic devices, of any types, do not interfer with an airplane, it's been tested and proven time and time again, same with hospitals, it is a myth they perpatrate because they don't want people talking on their phones (I don't blame them, I just wish they would tell the truth)
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  • Weps
    I bet that if they decide to somehow monetize it (Wi-Fi option with your ticket, costing extra) they'll implement it faster than you can say "fasten your seatbelts".
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  • memadmax
    This isn't the 80's anymore, where you had to kick the flight computer to get it running again... Nowadays, flight computers are built to withstand hits from lightning... I think it's time to loosen up the rules a bit...
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  • bavman
    Seems to be lots of rumors and myths about this issue. Stuff about how electromagnetic radiation is stronger when travel at fast speed like on a plane. Someone should probable run tests to confirm/deny, but until then I'd rather live without my phone or wifi for a couple hours and make it there safely.
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  • Weps
    I bet that if they decide to somehow monetize it (Wi-Fi option with your ticket, costing extra) they'll implement it faster than you can say "fasten your seatbelts".
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  • abbadon_34
    electronic devices, of any types, do not interfer with an airplane, it's been tested and proven time and time again, same with hospitals, it is a myth they perpatrate because they don't want people talking on their phones (I don't blame them, I just wish they would tell the truth)
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