It’s looking very possible that the total ban on using electronic devices during take-off and landing on commercial flights may soon be coming to an end. The FAA has a draft report that calls for easing up on these restrictions when it comes to tablets and e-readers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The move should at least partly put an end to the ritual where flight attendants have to nag passengers to put away their devices before take-off and right before landing only to have passengers then pretend to do so.
After all, it’s not a secret that few people actually follow the rules. As the WSJ wrote:
The experts who wrote the draft referred to recent industry research showing that nearly one-third of passengers reported that, at least once, they accidentally left some device on throughout a flight.
Yes, “accidentally” — or out of sheer laziness and/or knowledge that the original rules’ reason for existence are both outdated and not based on very sound evidence.
Even if the draft report does become final, it will only apply to certain devices such as e-readers tablets — there’s been no ruling or even report yet on the use of cellphones. The final ruling on won’t take place until September.
As happy as I am to not have to read another awful in-flight magazine during take-off, I’m probably more happy for the flight attendants. They already know you didn’t actually turn your Kindle off and now they don’t have to pretend to care.