Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

The operation of certain portable electronic devices will soon be allowed during all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing. Could this mean that when members of the flight crew of an airline gives out such devices to passengers for use during a flight, will it still be after the aircraft reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet — or will they be already at the seats of the passengers when they board the aircraft? Photograph by FlyerTalk member aw. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by aw.

FlyerTalk is swamped with discussions about the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States to allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing — and the majority of FlyerTalk members applaud this chance in policy.

Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight.

I believe this change in policy has been long overdue. I will be able to freely listen to music on my portable electronic device without being concerned about the possibility of the airplane crashing or being reprimanded by a member of the flight crew.

I also found it mildly irritating when I would be watching a movie or program and not be allowed to view the conclusion of that movie or program before the aircraft lands — especially when it was near the end. Perhaps now movies and programs may be viewed up until the last passenger deplanes the aircraft. This could potentially reduce the line to exit the aircraft if passengers remain seated to watch the end of a movie or program.

Many airlines have already submitted their plans to the Federal Aviation Administration to allow certain portable electronic devices to be operated aboard aircraft during those times when the aircraft is not flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet — and many FlyerTalk members are already asking when the policy will officially change on their favorite airlines.

Discussions posted on FlyerTalk pertaining to this latest news regarding the relaxation and expansion of the use of portable electronic devices during a flight include the following:

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