The FAA just made air travel a lot more fun for photographers
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Nov 4, 2013 at 18:11 UTC15
We've all had that moment, flying into a picturesque city, watching the sun rise behind skyscrapers. Instinctively, you reach for your camera only to hear the flight attendant come over the speaker asking passengers to prepare for landing, and to please turn off all electronic devices.
Now, the FAA is lifting its rules on in-flight electronics. Instead of having to turn off your phones, cameras and laptops entirely, you just have to make sure they are in airplane mode and safely tucked away during takeoff and landing.
From the official FAA release:
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.
Yeah, your phone will have to be stowed away because it could become a projectile if you hit some especially bad turbulence at takeoff or landing. But those extra few minutes of not having to power down your device before putting it way could lead to many more interesting in-air snapshots.