ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE 21st CENTURY WHEN YOU FLY (EXCEPT OVER THE U.S.)

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THE 21st CENTURY WHEN YOU FLY (EXCEPT OVER THE U.S.)

Hanes HallbirnTuesday,9 October 2012

The Hindenburg

No mobile phones



The Snap

Emirates, the Dubai-based, tech-savvy airline, will soon start allowing passengers to talk on their mobile phones during flights on its Airbus A380 models. The catch? Passengers will have to shut down their phones within 250 miles of U.S. airspace.

The Download

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) continues to forbid cellphone use on flights over the United States. Yes, despite scientific evidence suggesting that electronic gadgets do not pose safety risks on flights, passengers can’t use mobile phones on flights, and must completely power down all electronic devices during take off and landing.

But this isn’t surprising, American governmental representatives don’t like to “get all science-y” (that sounds like a Palin-ism, right?). See exhibit 1. And 2. I could go on. But instead, I’ll just say this: Fly Emirates. Or Virgin Airways. Just be super careful to turn off those phones before you get too close to the United States. Because, you know, danger. Magic danger.

Hat Tips

AllThingsD, New York Times, CNET, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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