According to the Wall Street Journal: An FAA advisory committee has concluded passengers can safely use hand-held electronic devices, including those connected to onboard Wi-Fi systems, during all portions of flights on nearly all U.S. airliners, according to one of the group’s leaders.
Well, in my humble opinion, it’s about time! There has been testing, of course, but nobody ever proved that electronic devices can or do cause interference with Jetliner avionics systems. For years, the quaking “ohhh, you MUST turn off all electronic devices” has been heard, and for no good reason other than paranoia. I’m very glad that Amazon helped push through some proper analysis on this. Hopefully, this inane rule will be off the books by the end of the year.
Airlines are also working on providing WiFi access during all flight phases, including below 10,000 feet. That’ll be fun too!