Technology, Travel

The end of flight mode

Turning your electronics off on a plane is silly. I have stopped doing it. I have yet to crash. Now the US’s Federal Aviation Administration, which sets the de facto world standard, is being pressured to drop the rule.

Ms McCaskill, a member of the Senate’s transportation committee, is fed up with the slow pace of change at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She has warned the agency in a letter that she is “prepared to pursue legislative solutions should progress be made too slowly” on allowing the use of electronic devices throughout a flight. The FAA, which has given various evasive explanations for the ban, is under the jurisdiction of the committee and so has reason to take this seriously.

via Electronic devices on planes: The end of flight mode | The Economist.

Three cheers to Senator McCaskill.