FAA Should Re-Evaluate In-Flight Restrictions on E-Book Readers

Daniel Castro November 14, 2010
November 14, 2010

In this post, ITIF Senior Policy Analyst Daniel Castro writes that it is long past time for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revisit its in-flight restrictions on the use of e-book readers and other portable electronic devices during take-off and landing. Passenger safety must be paramount, but policymakers should also make sure that regulations such as these are justified. It is time for clearer standards and more scientific investigation to determine acceptable levels of electromagnetic emissions for portable electronic devices on aircraft and the impact of these devices on aircraft navigation and communication systems.