Gadget Use Under 10,000' is a Decision for Uncle Sam
Here at home we’re waiting to see if we will finally be able to utilize electronic doodads during all aspects of the flight, as we’re just too connected to flip things off even if for just a few minutes. Obviously we’re not the only ones that love our mobile devices, and now it looks like another country is thinking about allowing the opportunity to listen to music, watch a movie, or actually get work done during take-off and landing.
Down in Australia their air safety group, CASA, is keeping an eye on what’s going on in the United States. They’re pretty curious about the safety of using gadgets during all aspects of the flight, and it sounds like they’re thinking about allowing passengers to keep things switched to on. Specifically this would affect domestic flights down under like those taking to the skies aboard Qantas or Virgin Australia.
Nothing has become official yet, as it appears that the Aussies in charge of these kinds of decisions are waiting to see what the Yankees are going to do first. Current rules take a page from the Federal Aviation Administration handbook and interestingly enough CASA—again, the group responsible for such decisions in Australia—technically does not outline rules regarding decisions like this.
Our buddies over at Australian Business Traveller go into a little more detail regarding the decisions that need to be made before you can keep reading that book on your Kindle from terminal to terminal. However, a lot of it seems to depend on what the FAA decides to do—and for now—they aren't moving too quickly.
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