You can use your phone on a plane
Last week, a 28-member panel set up last year to revise policies for electronics on airplanes recommended that the F.A.A. change the rule, allowing passengers to use their devices from gate to gate, including takeoff, taxiing and landing. Cellphone calls will still banned. People will probably be asked to turn their gadgets to “airplane mode” when they fly.
Do you know why the anti-cellphone crusade even exists on planes? Seriously though, you’ll love it. Way back in 1991, the FCC and FAA both banned cellphones from being turned on in-flight because back then cellphones were pineapple-sized wind-up machines that nobody understood and that were therefore terrifying by default. And when they finally got around to actually studying cellphones on planes, in 1992, guess what? They found nothing. Nada. It was fine because of course it was it’s just a phone.
Posted: October 8, 2013