US agency chief seeks to ease airplane electronics ban

Dec 07, 2012

The head of the US agency that regulates telecommunications is calling for an easing of the ban on using mobile phones and other electronic devices on airplanes during takeoff and landing.

chairman Julius Genachowski says devices such as smartphones "empower people" and can boost economic productivity.

In a letter this week to the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the , Genachowski pushed for a new look at the ban.

"I write to urge the FAA to enable greater use of tablets, e-readers and other portable during flight, consistent with public safety," the FCC chief said in the letter, seen Friday by AFP, to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Genachowski said the FAA has begun a review of these rules, and added that "I support" the initiative.

"The review comes at time of tremendous innovation as are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," the letter said.

"They 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 US competitiveness."

The ban is in place based on the assumption that devices could interfere with an 's navigation equipment. But a number of news stories have questioned the validity of this claim, and many point out that some people forget to turn off their devices during flights.

The FCC studied the question several years ago but found insufficient evidence to support lifting the ban at the time.

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verkle
1 / 5 (1) Dec 07, 2012
It's simple math. Take the spectral curves of the electromagnetic radiating devices, consider the distance to the receiving antennas of the airplane, and see if the signal is large enough to cause any malfunction. I find it hard to believe that any real math could suppor the current regulations.
Osiris1
1 / 5 (3) Dec 08, 2012
All that is a canard. The real reason, since '911' or 11Sep01 was to guarantee that no more warnings of hyjackings would ever escape the hyjakkd airplane. This to guarantee the success of future Al Qaedah missions and to foster the maximizing of American lives lost and do it as Republican officially secret policy, seeing that this policy was established under the Bush dictatorship of 2001-2009 when the toadies of the rich, the republicans had control of all four houses of governance: Congress, Senate, Administration; and a perverted and subverted Judiciary from top down! ...at least til 2004.

This is so that the lost lives can be used as a propaganda tool by repukelikans as a means to hoodwink us into wars that forward the aims of the super rich.

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