An End to Powering Down Electronics During Air Travel?
Are you one of the many air travelers annoyed at having to power down electronics before a plane’s takeoff or landing? If so, it looks like the long-practiced air travel rule is nearing an end under certain circumstances.
Device makers led by Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) claimed a victory in the battle over inflight electronic power-downs as Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta said that it will allow airlines to expand the rules regarding electronics use in certain situations. Now, the ability to use Amazon products like the Kindle or Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad or iPhone will depend on what airline you’re flying, what specific device is being used, the type of aircraft you’re on, and the type of weather outside.
On Friday, JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ:JBLU) and Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) announced that they had become the first two airline carriers to allow electronics powered up throughout the entirety of a flight. The initial rules from the FAA will allow passengers to keep smartphones, tablet computers, and MP3 players on throughout a flight as long as “airplane mode” — a common setting on Amazon and Apple devices — is turned on. This means that fliers can read, watch, or listen to content stored directly on their device at all times, and they even have the ability to surf the web at altitudes below 10,000 feet on flights with Wi-Fi service enabled.