Jun 25, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
The FAA doesn’t have a specific timeline for lifting the regulations, a potentially lengthy process that will include safety assessments, crew training, PR campaigns and coordination with foreign regulators. Futhermore, the WSJ says that the report’s conclusions could be changed before it is due in September, which means that the passengers may have to wait even longer.
Despite the periodic promises from the FAA that it will eventually get rid of the ban on electronic devices during take-off and landing, plenty of passengers are already taking matters into their own hands. A study cited by the agency shows that less than 60% of passengers say they always turn their devices off completely when asked to do so by flight staff. In fact, many don’t even know that it’s unacceptable to use their smartphones, tablets and e-readers below 10,000 feet.
Adding to the confusion is that tablets and other electronic devices are used increasingly by pilots and flight attendants during takeoff, which the FAA’s report admits sends mixed messages to passengers.