FCC to FAA: “Ease Up on Your In-Flight Restrictions”
We might never get in-air cell phone service (and frankly, who wants to or be the guy who takes a call in-flight?), but it’s a nice start.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday pushed for wider in-flight use of electronic portable devices during airplane flights.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to “enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices” during flights in a letter sent Thursday to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the FAA.
The FAA launched a study group this summer to review its policies and guidance on in-flight use of electronic devices as people have increasingly turned to mobile phones and tablets to connect with one another. To the chagrin of most passengers, the FAA said the study would not consider allowing “voice communications” during flights.
“This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives,” Genachowski writes. “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 U.S. competitiveness.”
In the letter, Genachowski pledged to working with the FAA, airlines and manufacturers on the review.
The FCC is pretty much telling the FAA what everyone knows: Cell phones (tablets, computers, iPods, etc, etc, etc) won’t trigger bombs. Stop over-reacting and trying making these people’s lives a little less hellish as you ferry them across the country in your tin cattle cars of the sky!