/// FCC Chairman Would Like to Use Gadgets During Takeoff, Landing

December 7, 2012  |  All Things Digital


Ever wonder why you have to turn off your electronic devices before a plane takes off and lands? So does Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski. And he’d like the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its restrictions on the use of gadgets in-flight. In a letter to the FAA Thursday, Genachowski urged the agency to “enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” during flights. The FAA currently prohibits airline passengers from using electronic devices at takeoff and landing, presumably to ensure passengers are alert and paying attention during the most dangerous portions of the flight. The agency is currently reviewing the merits of that restriction and evidently Genachowski feels that doing away with it would be a wise move.

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FCC Chairman Would Like to Use Gadgets During Takeoff, Landing


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