FAA researching usage of electronics on planes
The FAA is researching the use of electronic devices on airplanes to determine if they really interfere with flights.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is doing research to see if people will soon be able to use smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices at all times during a flight.
Right now, no one is allowed to use smartphones, laptops or Kindles' during take off and landing. -- two critical times of a flight that could potentially lead to an accident if a pilot makes a mistake.
But research from last December found that passengers frequently ignore the requests to turn off all portable electronic devises and many people question if they really do have an effect.
A Boeing engineer says yes -- any device with a battery has some level of emission that has the potential to interfere with the pilot's navigational equipment.
The advisory group that is looking into the question will include representatives from the electronic and aviation administrations as well as pilots, flight attendants and passengers.
They will meet for six months to determine if there can be more widespread use of certain devices during flights.
They will not consider the use of cellphones to make calls during flight.