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UA's New Policy for Passenger Electronic Devices During Takeoff/Landing (6 Nov 2013)

UA's New Policy for Passenger Electronic Devices During Takeoff/Landing (6 Nov 2013)

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As of evening of Nov 6, UA began allowing use of lightweight personal electronic devices below 10,000 feet.

Press Release

Questions:
  1. Does this apply to international flights when taking off / landing in US airspace? Yes.
  2. When will United Express flights be included? Press release implies by end of year.
  3. Can I use my laptop? UA website says no, but in practice not clear. The key issue is weight. FAA uses 3 lbs limit, Delta uses 2 lbs limit, UA has no stated limit. More to come on this one. For now, do not assume you will be able to use even very small laptops.

Note: on one recent flight, FA stated that the limit on UA is 2lbs.
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Old Oct 31, 13, 2:02 pm
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UA's New Policy for Passenger Electronic Devices During Takeoff/Landing (6 Nov 2013)

This report suggests that Delta may start allowing use of gadgets under a revised rule from 1st November. Has there been any word on when United might implement this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24761329
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Old Oct 31, 13, 2:04 pm
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There was an earlier post here about this, but it got moved to the TravelBuzz section...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...-policy-2.html
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Gate-to-gate gadgets

Will PMCO charge headphone fee to use your own device?
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Old Oct 31, 13, 5:08 pm
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FAA to allow electronics below 10,000 feet. Delta starts tomorrow. Where's UA?

The title says it all. The FAA is hoping that by the end of the year that major carriers will work with them to allow electronic use of ipads. ipods, e-readers, etc. below 10,000 feet. Delta has announced they're starting tomorrow. Where's UA on this?
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Upd...hold-the-calls
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Old Oct 31, 13, 5:13 pm
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Here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...e-gadgets.html

and here:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...-policy-2.html
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Old Oct 31, 13, 5:14 pm
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The FAA requires operators to show that use of the devices will not interfere w/ avionics.

UA, so far, has shown Commodore 64s clear for use on their a/c.
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Old Oct 31, 13, 5:32 pm
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One would think UA would copy DL, as usual, but something tells me they won't be so quick on this one
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Old Nov 4, 13, 1:53 pm
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The reason Delta and Jetblue were so quick compared to other carriers, as posted on the Alaska Airlines thread.

Originally Posted by AS Flyer View Post
Delta and Jet Blue were part of a group that were working with the FAA to come up with guidance on rolling out this change. That's the reason they were able to roll it out much more quickly then other airlines.
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
The FAA requires operators to show that use of the devices will not interfere w/ avionics.

UA, so far, has shown Commodore 64s clear for use on their a/c.
Proven since that's how the pilots hook up to SHARES.
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
The FAA requires operators to show that use of the devices will not interfere w/ avionics.

UA, so far, has shown Commodore 64s clear for use on their a/c.
Originally Posted by milepig View Post
Proven since that's how the pilots hook up to SHARES.
I thought SHARES only required a Commodore VIC-20?

And anyways, don't the UA pilots already use the iPad as their electronic flight bag? Will my pilot have issues with the over-strobing iOS 7 software update?

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Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
One would think UA would copy DL, as usual, but something tells me they won't be so quick on this one
It appears they have other priorities.
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The reason Delta and Jetblue were so quick compared to other carriers, as posted on the Alaska Airlines thread.
And so DL was leading, and UA just following as usual...
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And so DL was leading, and UA just following as usual...
It depends on the reason why B6 and DL were picked over every other carrier, It doesnt necessarily mean United didn't volunteer.
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Passengers will still be asked to turn off their devices during the pre-departure safety briefing, as well as in low visibility conditions during landings, the FAA said
curious how enforcing this will work out...
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They haven't figured out how to charge you for using your own device yet.
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