In the New York Times Bits blog, Nick Bolton cheers the hearts of Kindle, iPad and tablet owners who travel (i.e., everyone):
On Monday morning I’m going to drive to the airport, check in for my flight to New York, then head to the airport bookstore for a stack of magazines to read on the plane. I’ll do this reluctantly because I will carry both an Amazon Kindle and an Apple iPad packed full of reading material in my bag.
I need the paper products because Federal Aviation Administration rules state that I cannot use these digital reading devices on an airplane during taxi, take-off or landing.
But this rule might change soon.
When I called the F.A.A. last week to pester them about this regulation — citing experts and research that says these devices could not harm a plane — the F.A.A. responded differently than it usually does. 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.
That’s going to be welcome news to the people in the United States who, according to Forrester Research, by the end of 2012 will have bought more than 40 million e-readers and 60 million iPads and other tablets.
Alec Baldwin and Words With Friends fans will be thrilled.
- Today in Tech: The ‘partially fabricated’ iPad factory interview (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
- Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies (tech.slashdot.org)
- Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No. (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)