FCC to FAA: Just let us use our phones on airplanes already
If there’s one huge annoyance in travel, it’s the fact that the FAA, years ago, heard from their sister’s cousin’s aunt that, like, these new cellular phone things and these Game Boys could, like, totally mess with a plane’s navigation system and they were like rilly concerned about it, you know?
So they banned them. And the FCC thinks that’s crap.
The chairman of the FCC recently weighed in on the FAA’s rules in a diplomatic, yet honest, way:
“This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives,” Genachowski writes. “They empower people to stay informed and connected with friends and family, and they enable both large and small businesses to be more productive and efficient, helping drive economic growth and boost U.S. competitiveness.”
He’s trying to be nice, but let’s just be honest here. The “science” behind this is non-existent. The FAA heard something, didn’t have the time to check it out, and just passed a rule, which is fair because human lives were potentially at risk. And since 9/11, they’ve had bigger problems.
But really, come on. What we think the chairman of the FCC is trying to say is “This is bulls***, I had a great score in Canabalt going.”
FCC To FAA: Allow Mobile Devices To Be Used [The Hill]