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(Slash Gear)   FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is getting an iPad for Hanukkah, tells the FAA to hurry up and allow its use during takeoff   (slashgear.com) divider line 4
    More: Cool, Federal Communications Commission, iPads, Hanukkah, FAA, Julius Genachowski, Lars Ulrich  
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2012-12-07 04:59:18 PM
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Also, they need to at least allow eInk Kindles. With the radio off, those things don't use enough power to be capable of outputting any interference that won't get inverse squared into nothingness by the time it leaves the little personal bubble around you.
2012-12-07 04:55:16 PM
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The 'reasons' for the current ban on electronic devices below 10,000 feet:

1) They want you paying attention during takeoff and landing, so that if the plane crashes you'll be alert enough to escape.
If this were the case, then they would also ban reading books and magazines, and the FAs would walk the aisles, waking everybody up.

2) Electronics might cause interference to flight systems during takeoffs or landings.

a) If this were the case, then electronics should be banned for the entire flight. Interference that can cause a plane to lose control at 9,000 feet can do the same thing at 11,000 feet.
b) If electronic devices can truly cause problems with plane systems, then they should all be confiscated upon boarding and stored in a Faraday cage for the duration of the flight. Many people don't really turn off their devices when told to - only the screen goes off.

3) They don't want your electronic device flying around the cabin if the plane has problems during takeoff and landing.
If this were the case, then they should also ban books and Suzi's Barbie doll that she's holding during takeoff. Many hardcover books weigh a lot more than an ipod. In the event of a crash forceful enough to make a tablet fly out of your hands, and across the cabin, the overhead bins will pop open, dropping suitcases all over the cabin. 

There simply is no good reason for the ban. There is no good reason why I can't wear noise-canceling headphones during takeoff. There is no good reason why I can't read my 9 ounce Kindle during takeoff.
2012-12-07 04:26:54 PM
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That makes no sense...assuming the ban is for "safety"...then what the Hell does being "interwoven in our daily lives" have fark-all to do with anything?
2012-12-07 04:07:39 PM
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If the fact my my phone's attempts to search for a cellular signal will cause electronics failure on this aircraft, I would at this moment like to point out:

1. The moron who designed this plane is unqualified to design even a Civic, as the auto industry has mastered interference testing (imagine if using a cellphone caused some kind of failure in a car, we'd all be dead).
2. I would prefer to exit the aircraft rather than die when the guy in 23C bumps the power button on his iPad by accident
3. ANA offers wifi on their planes and I've see to them lose any despite all those evil signals bouncing around in there

/you should flip your device into airplane mode so the device can turn off antennas and save battery life though
 
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