FCC Urges End to Pointless Plane Prohibitions

As regular flyers are aware, all electronic devices must be turned off during takeoff and landing. As I’ve noted before, there is no safety justification for this across-the-board rule. Many devices pose no risk of interference with equipment and passengers are allowed to have all sorts of other things out that could pose an equal risk of obstruction in an emergency. This week, The Hill reported that Federal Communications Commission chairman Jules Genachowski is encouraging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” on planes. Will the FAA listen?