In September we reported on the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to form a committee that would reevaluate the rule that prohibits the usage of all personal electronic devices until the plane reaches an altitude of at least 10,000 feet. As Nick Bilton in the New York Times reports:
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday, urging the agency to allow more electronics on airplanes.
The letter, which was addressed to Michael Huerta, the acting administrator of the F.A.A., went on to promote the importance of allowing people to use these devices on planes as more Americans become increasingly reliant on devices for work and pleasure.
The regulation, sanctioned in 1966, was originally brought about to protect against the possibility that radio waves from electronic devices could interfere with a plane's navigation systems.
The FAA has yet to make a statement on the matter.