Friday November 29, 2013
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When the FCC announced a proposal to allow cell phone use on board aircraft, the public was outraged. It would seem that nobody wants to sit next to passengers blabbing away on their cell phones.
I'm not sure what the chances are that this proposal will pass, but if there's truly no safety reason for the restriction to remain in place, than the restriction simply shouldn't exist.
The FCC claims that the restriction involving cell phone use on aircraft is outdated and the addition of new technology on aircraft would prevent any safety problems that arise from cell phone use. This means that it would be up to each air carrier to determine Read More...
Wednesday November 27, 2013
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If you're not sure what to expect from TSA this holiday season, you're not the only one.
This recently published article on the Seattle Times' website details the intricacies of modern-day airport security, including the many differences in security restrictions from airport to airport and person to person. It's always changing.
And these constant changes to the rules leave passengers wondering "who can bring what through security this time?" Then there's the new TSA pre-check program that allow some special travelers to go through the screening process with a new, separate set of rules.
Combine this with very recent and raw emotions stemming from the terrible incident at LAX, followed by a false report of a gunman just weeks later and people are overwhelmed, confused and maybe even a little Read More...
Wednesday November 27, 2013
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If you're still on the lookout for a holiday gift for the aviation nut in your life, check out my series of aviation gift ideas, which provides over 50 ideas for various types of avgeeks and covering all sorts of budget ranges.
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Thursday October 31, 2013
The FAA said in a statement today that it will relax the regulations on electronic devices for airline passengers. Beginning as soon as airlines can legally adapt to the new policy, airline passengers will be allowed to use their personal electronic devices such as iPads and cell phones during all stages of the flight.
Until recently, passengers were required to completely power off all cell phones and other electronic devices like e-readers and laptops during taxi, takeoff and land. The requirement has been in place due to a perceived safety hazard having to do with signal interference. But since most aircraft have installed new equipment on board for Wi-Fi capabilities, the FAA has come to the conclusion that those same aircraft are also safe enough to avoid signal interference from cell-phones.
Cell phones will still need to be in "airplane mode" and voice calls will not be allowed. The FCC, not the FAA, oversees voice communications over cellular networks, and they haven't yet changed the regulations restricting cell phone use in flight.