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New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton is sick of having to turn off his Kindle and iPad during takeoffs and landings. He hasn't found any proof that they are actually dangerous. Neither has the FAA. A spokesman says a 2006 study revealed "there was no evidence saying these devices can’t interfere with a plane, and there was no evidence saying that they can.” Still, the agency decided there was "insufficient information to support changing the po...
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There is absolutely no evidence that mobile devices interfere with plane electronics.
Exactly. Frustrating when we're all trying to go places and get things done.
The real issue is more about distraction. Landing and taking off is the most critical time for passengers to be alert. In fact more passengers have been injured during those times than any other time.
+Ellery July That's a fair point, however I'd expect the have that reason given rather than the ongoing "story" about the dangers of electronic devices for the aircraft at these times.

Seriously, if that's the main reason they need to point that out.
+Ellery July if that's the case then, as the article points out, why is JetBlue blasting it's onDemand video and audio during these times?
+Michael Durwin while I have traveled a lot - 100K seat miles a year for six straight years (no mas, no mas). I have never flown JetBlue. The thing I know is that airlines like passing the blame to the government even when it is clearly in their control.

My pet peeve is when gate attendants arrive 15 minutes before takeoff and say they need for us "enter the plane in a quick but orderly manner so that we can take off on time." In other words it is our (the passenger) fault if the plane does not take off on time.

Having machines off for 20 minutes is a blessing to me.
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