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Surprise! Study Shows Electronics Don't Crash Planes, FAA Likely to Ease Ban

For the longest time, airplane passengers have been forbidden from using electronic devices during a plane’s takeoff. Airlines claim that it’s for safety reasons, though this idea has been doubted and ridiculed for years, with television shows like The Simpsons and webcomics like Penny Arcade poking fun at it.

According to inside sources, after an internal study found that electronics won’t bring a down plane, the F.A.A. is now being pressured into either dismissing the rule or providing solid scientific evidence to justify its existence. The rule is likely to be lifted.

Part of the reason for the uproar is that iPad use by pilots and airline attendants is becoming more common, which begs the question of why airline crews can use electronics but passengers can not. If such electronics interfere with the plane’s electrical systems, then surely using an iPad inside of the cockpit itself would be the kiss of death? The only way an iPad would endanger a flight is if the pilot is playing Angry Birds, and now I’ve just given myself another reason to fear flying.

via Tech Crunch

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