ExecuTech: Sky-High Tech, FAA Loosens Restrictions on In-Flight Mobile Device Use, More

The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year.

A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet (above that level is already OK). Phone calls are still banned after the doors are closed. The FAA soon will rule on whether to implement the guidelines made by the 28-member Aviation Rulemaking Committee, according to the Wall Street Journal. On the panel: Paul Misener, VP of global public policy for Amazon, whose Kindle Fire HD is in the hands of many a business and leisure traveler.

According to the committee’s suggestions:

  • Entertainment like videos, games, music, e-books and apps will already have to be on the device, since data can’t be transferred during the takeoff and landing process.
  • Smartphones and tablets will still need to be in “airplane mode,” meaning emails and text messages will have to wait after the doors are closed until a Wi-Fi connection is made.
  • Wi-Fi on flights should be accessible below 10,000 feet using the airline’s service, and larger items like laptops will still need to be stored during takeoff and landing.

1966: Year the FAA first regulated the use of portable electronic devices, after discovering that FM radios caused interference with communication systems.

1991: Year the FAA banned use of cellphones during flights, finding they send out signals strong enough to be received at great distances, affecting onboard systems.

SEE ALSO: PHOTOS: Sky-High Tech

More Biz

  • Brian Speiser APA

    APA Alternative Agent Brian Speiser Promoted to Partner at APA

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • Live Nation Names Amy Marks EVP,

    Live Nation Names Amy Marks EVP, Head of Integrated Marketing

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • Kukai

    Tencent Unit Buys New Classics Media for $2.25 Billion

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • The Lippin Group

    George Cabico Joins Lippin Group as Senior VP

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • Bill Murray encounters

    Photographer Accuses Bill Murray of Harassing Him in Martha's Vineyard

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • Elizabeth Banks

    Elizabeth Banks' Surprising New Project: Business Interviews

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

  • Pandora

    Pandora Hires PR Vet Heidi Anne-Noel

    The government will allow mobile devices to stay in the “on” position during an airplane’s takeoff and landing, though still not to make phone calls, starting as early as next year. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has submitted a report that recommends permitting use of mobile devices when a plane is below 10,000 feet […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content