FAA Considers Easing Portable Electronic Device Rules in Aircraft

  • Sep 28, 2013 1:15pm GMT

The FAA is considering easing rules that currently ban the use of portable electronic devices in commercial aircraft during takeoff and landing. An FAA advisory panel is expected to submit their recommendations soon and, if implemented, would take effect next year.

The revised regulations would allow for non-transmitting devices, such as tablets, iPods and e-readers to be used during all phases of flight. Computers or tablets would not be allowed to operate with WiFi until above 10,000 feet and cell phone calls would not be permitted at anytime during the flight.

Simultaneously, Aviation Week reports that the FAA is calling for cockpit display maker Honeywell to retrofit certain display units on specific Boeing 737NG and 777 aircraft to improve those units ability to withstand disruptions from WiFi enabled devices.

The FAA is responding to the flying public's desire for sensible rules that balance safety and electronic accessibility while flying. In the mean time, both airline and commercial operators - and maintenance providers - stand by as the digital age unfolds and transforms the way people fly - and remain connected to their earthly tethers.