Wi-Fi in airplanes is safe to use during takeoff and landing, according to FAA panel


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. has been doing the rounds on trying to loosen the type of electronics that can be used while in-flight. Recently an FAA panel recommended to allow flyers to use their smartphones, tablets and laptops on passenger planes. This same panel is now endorsing Wi-Fi use while in-flight, so prepare yourselves for in-flight cat videos.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the 28-member committee has determined that Wi-Fi while in-flight is not dangerous irrespective of what applications are running. This is great news for folks who want to check up on their Facebook and other social network activities while on a flight to visit grandma for Christmas.

There’s a catch to all of his though. You see; you can only use your gadget in-flight under 10,000 feet. Furthermore, Wi-Fi use might not turn out as you might have expected. If and when this idea is approved, the only option for flyers to use Wi-Fi would be during takeoff and landing. Hey, it’s not much, but at the end of the day this would be a small victory for passengers.

Additionally, the FAA might ask flight attendants to check if anyone onboard is connected to Wi-Fi at the wrong time. We don’t see how this would work unless flight attendants place a camera over the head of every passenger. Another thing, if connected to Wi-Fi while in-flight is so dangerous, why even allow passengers with this amount of freedom? It’ all strange and cryptic.

[via The Wall Street Journal, image via Gottabemobile]

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