- Posted by cunninghamswai
- On May 15, 2015
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Everyone is accustomed to the flying routine of turning off your phone before takeoff, but now the U.S. Appeals Court has decided to allow for passengers to keep their phones on during takeoff and landing, despite backlash from flight attendants.
In a lawsuit filed by the 60,000-member Association of Flight Attendants, the airline employees argued that allowing cell phone us during takeoff will distract passengers form hearing vital safety information and the phones themselves could become dangerous projectiles in some situations. They believed that the Federal Aviation Administration had changed the policy without going through the proper legal steps, which would allow them to speak up sooner.
The motion was passed in 2013, allowing customer who normally stored their phones, tablets or other electronic devices to have them out and on during takeoff and landing, as long as the plane is properly protected from electronic interference. All airlines must seek FAA approval before allowing the new regulation.
Following the lawsuit filed by the AFA, the FAA and U.S Court of Appeals rejected the union’s argument. The U.S. Appeals Court stated that cellphones pose the same threat as a book or other object in regards to its potential as a projectile, and distract just the same as allowed devices. The appeals court believes the FAA is responsible when it comes to handling issues such as electronics and is in the position to change its interpretation of the rules as it sees fit.
So far, 31 different airline operators have been cleared to allow cellphone use during takeoff and landing, accounting for approximately 96% of airline passengers. Even with the new regulation, all cellphones must be in airplane mode when in use during flight. The FAA requests public feedback before updating its policies, considering near 1,000 responses before moving forward with new proposals. Now its easy to sit back, relax, tweet, and enjoy your flight.