You'll remember this as a story that began in March and extended through August. Seemingly at random, the FAA began telling journalists that the agency was studying maybe possibly some day loosening restrictions on, for instance, using iPads during takeoff. Or as we described it in August, "FAA Spending Year Reviewing Electronics Rules, Not Doing Anything About Them."
Fast forward to last week, and the FAA still hasn't done anything about the rules (so you can also consider this post your reminder to always trust content from Jaunted). But what has happened is that the FCCthe agency that allegedly bans cell phone use during flights, but doesn't reallysent a letter to the FAA to telling the agency to get "enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices" during flights. Hopefully the 'get a hold of yourself' memo will move the FAA, which has to make the final decision, to stop studying the regulations and start actually changing them.
Though not the cell phone ban. That needs to stay in place. Can you imagine?
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