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Will 2013 be the year the FAA comes clean on portable electronics?

Excerpt from Bits blog/NYTimes.com

Dec 31, 2012 6:48 am

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Bilton has been on a quest this year to make the FAA be consistent on why the agency has the rules it does. Here’s wishing him good luck in the coming year.

— Jason Clampet

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Over the last year, flying with phones and other devices has become increasingly dangerous.

In September, a passenger was arrested in El Paso after refusing to turn off his cellphone as the plane was landing. In October, a man in Chicago was arrested because he used his iPad during takeoff…

Who is to blame in these episodes? You can’t solely pin it on the passengers. Some of the responsibility falls on the Federal Aviation Administration, for continuing to uphold a rule that is based on the unproven idea that a phone or tablet can interfere with the operation of a plane.

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