The FAA announced today that we can use electronics during take-off and landing, as long as we turn them on “airplane mode”:
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.
I’m so excited! When I fly, I end up taking my iPad, Kindle and a magazine. I read the magazine only on take-off and landing so end up trying to ration the magazine to make sure I have enough to last the entire trip. I then use the Kindle and iPad during the flight. I’m a minimalist when I travel, taking the absolute bare essentials, packing as lightly as I can. Eliminating anything, even a magazine, is a big deal, especially since the magazines I read are also on my iPad in electronic form.
There are some addendums and provisos, of course. In particular, airlines get to choose whether they will support this or not and on what airplanes. And there may be times, like during low visibility, when they want devices turned off. TechCrunch has a pretty good list going.