Thursday, October 31, 2013

FAA Expanding Passenger Usage of Electronic Portable Devices During Flights

DOT's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is providing airlines with implementation guidance on how to expand passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight. FAA has determined that airlines can expand PED usage while doing so safely. According to the agency, "passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions." FAA reports the decision was based on feedback from airline representatives, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants and the mobile technology industry.

FAA produced a list of top things passengers should know about the expanded use of PEDs on airplanes:

  • Make safety your first priority.
  • Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline.
  • Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval and changes its PED policy.
  • Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.
  • Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. WiFi may be used if the place has an installed WiFi system.

For the complete list and for more information, visit FAA's website.