Posted at: 10/31/2013 6:39 PM
By: Jenna Lohse
Changes Coming to In-Flight Gadget Use
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- New guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration means airline passengers will be able to keep using most of their electronic devices gate to gate. We talked with local passengers today who say they're excited about the changes.
A message of turning off your devices at takeoff that will soon no longer be heard on many flights, now that the FAA is allowing the expanded use of devices during takeoff and landings.
"Flyers have wanted to keep their electronic devices on and it's nice to find out that FAA was responsive to those inquires,” said Morie Gertz, before flying out of the Rochester International Airport.
Morie Gertz frequently flies out of the Rochester International Airport for work and says past regulations on portable devices are somewhat disruptive.
"It's nice to not have to close everything down for the 20 minutes between the time the cabin door closes and the time we're ten thousand feet and we can start up again,” said Gertz.
But the question on many people's mind, "Do you the regulations apply to the use of cell phones in flight?"
The FAA says flyers will not be allowed to make a phone calls or text. But playing games, sending emails or watching videos will all be fair game.
"While landing or taking off or you got a 5, 6 hour flight you got to have something to pass the time,” said flight passenger, Brian Mollick.
For Morie Gertz, as long as safety is still the priority, "If diagnostic testing shows that we can continue our work flow without shutting down, keeping the e-books, the iPads on, it would be a tremendous convenience for everybody involved,” he said.
These policy changes will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. If you have any questions on passenger use of portable electronic devices, we posted a link on our website at kaaltv.com under featured links.