Ever feel like the fact that using a tablet during takeoff and landing was banned for passengers — while allowable to pilots — was a bit of a safety double-standard?
Ages ago, my Cult of Mac brother in arms John Brownlee argued as much — and now it seems that European safety watchdogs are on his side, too.
Passengers (at least those on one side of the pond) should be able to enjoy the newfound luxury of using their iOS devices during take-off and landing within a matters of weeks — after the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) determined that they did not pose a safety risk.
Passengers are currently limited to using electronic devices only during the cruising portion on a flight. Soon, however, it should be allowable to use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch at any stage of the flight — just so long as you do it with your device set to “airplane mode” and with internet access disabled.
“Few people really believed that playing music on your phone or iPad was going to cause the plane to crash,” noted Irish politician, MEP Jim Higgins — claiming that the old rules needed updating.