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Old 01-13-2013, 12:39 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by DianNC View Post
If the regulation gets modified by the FAA, it probably won't be because of heat from the flying public (sorry, George Takei), but more likely due to the influence of letters received, for example, from the head of the FCC who makes it clear that even he thinks the ban is dumb.

Even the FCC thinks in-flight gadget bans are dumb
Thanks for that. From the article:

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.... Despite the fact that 20 years of testing still hasn't definitively proved that cell phones, let alone any other electronic device, can cause aircraft interference, passengers are still prohibited from using tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing.

In August, the FAA released a study on the in-flight use of cell phones -- devices which operate on the same frequency as navigational aircraft equipment -- in multiple European countries, and no direct incidents of interference were found. Two anomalies in Belgium did pop up, though the cause was left inconclusive. Though there have been plenty of instances where passengers have left their cell phones on during flight, there have been no reported problems regarding cell phone interference that have been positively linked to gadgets. Yet we're still worried about non-transmitting devices. ....
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