The FAA, it seems, is finally giving a sanity check to the policy against using electronics on commercial airlines:
Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the F.A.A., said that the agency has decided to take a “fresh look” at the use of personal electronics on planes.
This has always seemed like a ridiculous example of CYA-governance. The implication of the policy has always been that commercial grade electronics with essentially zero known emissions could potentially interfere with aircraft safety – a worrisome implication given that we’re not allowed to more than 3oz of liquids on flights lest we cobble together bath-tubs explosives mid-air. If the electronic systems are truly that sensitive, wouldn’t the worry be that terrorists use that to take down a plane? Or is it possible that they’ve know it’s not a risk, but covering your ass is easier than changing policy?