You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.


More Biz

  • Hollywood celebrated the individuals redefining "on-screen

    Media Access Awards Honors Individuals Increasing Representation for Disabilities

    Hollywood celebrated individuals redefining “on-screen representation for the disability community” with the Media Access Awards, in partnership with Easterseals, at the Beverly Hilton Thursday. Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the event, which featured Camryn Manheim, CJ Jones, Coby Bird and “The Peanut Butter Falcon” actors Zack Gottsagen and John Hawkes presenting awards along [...]

  • 'Roxanne' Singer Arizona Zervas Signs With

    'Roxanne' Singer Arizona Zervas Signs With Columbia

    Hotly tipped singer-songwriter Arizona Zervas, whose viral hit “Roxanne” is in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100,  has signed with Columbia, Variety has confirmed. Since the release of the track on Oct. 10, “Roxanne” has reached nearly 50 million streams on Spotify. The single topped Spotify U.S. top tracks chart for an uninterrupted [...]

  • Jax Media at Variety New Leaders

    Jax Media Accepts Variety's Creative Leadership Award at New Leaders Cocktail Party

    This year’s Variety New Leaders event, presented by City National Bank, honored innovative visionaries in entertainment. The cocktail party was hosted on a chilly Thursday night in Lower Manhattan’s Jimmy Rooftop Bar at the James Hotel. Patrick McCarthy, senior VP and head of marketing for City National Bank, kicked off the event highlighting the new [...]

  • taylor swift, scott borchetta and scooter

    Rage Against the Big Machine: What's Driving the Taylor Swift Showdown

    The latest Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun-Scott Borchetta kerfuffle involves the sort of music business minutiae that doesn’t commonly interest the general public — in fact, it’s probably safe to say that untold thousands if not millions of people are suddenly familiar with the concept of re-recording old masters. But in blasting Braun on social media and [...]

  • Redbox

    Redbox Settles Disney Suit, Agrees Not to Sell Download Codes

    Redbox has settled its litigation with Disney, agreeing not to resell codes that allow customers to download movies. Redbox has traditionally offered DVDs for rent through its distinctive kiosks. In October 2017, the company also began offering download codes at a considerable discount compared to the price on iTunes, Amazon or other services. Redbox did [...]

  • Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With

    Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With the Best of Them'

    Shari Redstone is emphatic: ViacomCBS has plenty of resources and the scale to compete in the new world order for media giants. “We absolutely have enough scale,” Redstone said Friday morning during her Q&A held as part of the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit in New York. “We have an incredible library. We [...]

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Denies Big Machine's Claims Over Song Use, 'Millions' in Debt

    In the latest salvo in a rapidly evolving media battle that has evolved over the past 15 hours, Taylor Swift refuted Big Machine Records’ claim that the company did not try to block her from using material from her early albums, which are owned by the label, in forthcoming television specials. Swift had leveled those [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content