FAA Will Study Use of Personal Electronics on Planes


After much debate surrounding the use of personal electronic devices on commercial planes, the Federal Aviation Administration agreed on Monday to begin studying the issue in depth and may make new recommendations in March 2013.

By now, it's common knowledge that many pilots continue to use iPads in the cockpit, but passengers are continually warned to shut off their electronic devices when the plane is below 10,000 feet. The FAA has always insisted that the passenger devices might interfere with electronics in the cockpit.

The Associated Press reports that the FAA is set to form a committee to study the issue for six months and then make possible recommendations. The committee is expected to include pilots, flight attendants, passenger associations and mobile technology companies.