Passenger etiquette/safety

Old May 6th, 2012, 02:41 AM
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Electronics do not interfere with aircraft systems, so there is no safety risk if someone turns on an electronic gadget. Nor is the use of such gadgets forbidden because of the need for readiness in an emergency—that's an urban legend.

The real reason for the prohibition is simply that … it's prohibited, by FAA regulations. Although it is well established today that electronics on board do not cause problems with aircraft systems, the regulations are still in place and must still be obeyed. At one time, the FAA worried about possible interference, but no aircraft has ever crashed because someone was using an electronic gadget on board, so eventually the regulations will probably change. Aviation is a conservative industry.
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