Right now the use of electronics is banned below 10,000 feet. Also right now, nobody cares. So few people care, in fact, that the lack of caring is one of the reasons that the FAA is acting. Apparently one-third of passengers claim to have accidentally - "accidentally" - forgotten to turn off their devices during a flight. It happens to us all the time. We're constantly forgetting to turn off our gadget (we're absent-minded like that: we also forget to take out our earbuds).
In any case, the changes will eventually happen. There's no reason not to allow tablet use while a plane is taxiing. When the shift actually occurs, on the other hand, is an open question.
We'd like to remind everyone that the United States is a country that went to the moon decades ago. We're now entering the second half of year 2 of trying to figure out whether it's OK for little Timmy to keep playing Words With Friends while a plane rolls across a runway. Something seems to have gone awry.
[Photo: Jetstar Airways / Flickr]