Molti di noi lo sospettavano da tempo. Oggi la FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) lo afferma senza esitazioni: le linee aeree possono tollerare le interferenze causate dai dispositivi elettronici.
La decisione, maturata circa un mese fa, è stata annunciata oggi (in basso trovate il comunicato stampa ufficiale) da Michael Huerta.
Che effetti avrà? Io mi aspetto una rapida applicazione nelle linee aeree che fanno capo alla FAA e poi via via in tutto il mondo.
Un aereo da 90 milioni di dollari non è in grado di ignorare il segnale emesso dal mio iPod da 40 dollari? - tra qualche anno potrà forse risultatare incredibile.
Ma cosa cambierà? A prima vista può sembrare una liberazione. Ma, se ci penso bene, mi affiora un dubbio. Un atroce dubbio: attualmente esistono poche situazioni, nel nostro pianeta, in cui si riesce a stare tranquilli. A parte i vagoni del silenzio in alcune linee ferroviarie europee, c'era proprio il decollo e l'atterraggio di un aereo. Se ci togliete questi ultimi ci restano solo i treni (pardon, alcuni treni). Ma ve lo immaginate il terribile vociare? "Tesoro, stiamo decollando!"... "Mamma sono atterrato proprio adesso, senti l'applauso?"...
Si salvi chi può...
Blog Linguaggio Macchina
31 Ottobre 2013
FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics (Federal Aviation Administration, press release,
October 31, 2013)
October 31, 2013
Contact: Kristie Greco
WASHINGTON– The U.S. Department of
Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator
Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines
can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs)
during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines
with implementation guidance.
Due to differences among fleets and
operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency
expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow
passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate,
by the end of the year.
The FAA based its decision on input from a
group of experts that included representatives from the airlines,
aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the
mobile technology industry.
Passengers will eventually be able to
read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all
phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books
and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the
actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode
or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and
cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that
prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier
provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You
can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like
“We believe today’s decision honors both our
commitment to safety and consumer’s increasing desire to use their
electronic devices during all phases of their flights,” said
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These guidelines reflect input
from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I
look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated
guidelines in the near future.”
“I commend the dedication and
excellent work of all the experts who spent the past year working
together to give us a solid report so we can now move forward with a
safety-based decision on when passengers can use PEDs on airplanes,”
said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
The PED Aviation Rulemaking
Committee (ARC) concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio
interference signals from PEDs. In a recent report, they recommended
that the FAA provide airlines with new procedures to assess if their
airplanes can tolerate radio interference from PEDs. Once an airline
verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use
handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers,
and smartphones—at all altitudes. In rare instances of low-visibility,
the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during
landing. The group also recommended that heavier devices should be
safely stowed under seats or in overhead bins during takeoff and
The FAA is streamlining the approval of expanded PED use by giving airlines updated, clear guidance.
This FAA tool will help airlines assess the risks of potential
PED-induced avionics problems for their airplanes and specific
operations. Airlines will evaluate avionics as well as changes to
stowage rules and passenger announcements. Each airline will also need
to revise manuals, checklists for crewmember training materials,
carry-on baggage programs and passenger briefings before expanding use
of PEDs. Each airline will determine how and when they will allow
passengers broader use of PEDs.
The FAA did not consider changing
the regulations regarding the use of cell phones for voice
communications during flight because the issue is under the jurisdiction
of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ARC did recommend
that the FAA consult with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to
review its current rules. Cell phones differ from most PEDs in that
they are designed to send out signals strong enough to be received at
Top Things Passengers Should Know about Expanded Use of PEDs on Airplanes:
1. Make safety your first priority.
to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline.
Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED.
PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety
assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.
4. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.
Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection
disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane
has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use. You can
also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless
6. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the
overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede
evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event
of turbulence or an accident.
7. During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.
8. It only takes a few minutes to secure items according to the crew’s instructions during takeoff and landing.
In some instances of low visibility – about one percent of flights –
some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked
to turn off your device.
10. Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.
FAA regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio
frequency interference from PEDs is not a flight safety risk before the
operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of flight. Even
PEDs that do not intentionally transmit signals can emit unintentional
radio energy. This energy may affect aircraft safety because the signals
can occur at the same frequencies used by the plane’s highly sensitive
communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment. An
airline must show it can prevent potential interference that could pose a
safety hazard. The PED ARC report helps the FAA to guide airlines
through determining that they can safely allow widespread use of PEDs.
PED ARC began work in January, at the request of Administrator Huerta,
to determine if it is safe to allow more widespread use of electronic
devices in today’s aircraft. The group also reviewed the public’s
comments in response to an August 2012 FAA notice on current policy,
guidance, and procedures that aircraft operators use when determining if
passengers can use PEDs. The group did not consider the use of
electronic devices for voice communications. A fact sheet on the report is now available.
FAA is immediately giving airlines a clear path to safely expand PED
use by passengers, and the Administrator will evaluate the rest of the
ARC’s longer-term recommendations and respond at a later date.
Portable Electronic Device is any piece of lightweight,
electrically-powered equipment. These devices are typically consumer
electronic devices capable of communications, data processing and/or
utility. Examples range from handheld, lightweight electronic devices
such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones to small devices such as MP3
players and electronic toys.