The Federal Aviation Administration has been trolling so hard lately. First they told us we can start packing knives in our carry on luggage, then they got even more controversial by closing a bunch of air traffic control towers at regional airports around the United States because, I dunno, someone got high and thought it would be funny. Now, according rumors propagated by the New York Times, the FAA is about to announce a new policy allowing the use of portable electronics on airplanes during takeoff and landing. What the hell is going on?
Apparently, the FAA began working with a special group last year to determine the true danger of allowing electronic devices to remain on throughout the climb and descent phases of a flight. And, well, they didn’t come up with any good answers:
One member of the group and an official of the F.A.A., both of whom asked for anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said the agency was under tremendous pressure to let people use reading devices on planes, or to provide solid scientific evidence why they cannot.
In the face of such pressure from people who just want to read their damn Kindles while taxiing, it’s only a matter of time before the government agency folds under the tremendous weight of zero proof and gives passengers their tablets back. Cell phones will still be banned, however, because those cellular transmissions are probably super disrupting to cockpit doodads or something.
Keep in mind that all the hullabaloo is still the result of hearsay at this point, but if you want to know more about the suspected changes, check out the video below: