Over the weekend, the New York Times published a great read from Nick Bilton illustrating the challenges that travelers and airlines will face in trying to get the Federal Aviation Administration to move quickly to loosen its rules for devices on flights.

We speculated a couple weeks ago that the review of those rules could help Amazon by letting people continue to read their Kindles during takeoff and landing, and it turns out that Amazon has been taking steps to encourage it, according to the piece.

“We’ve done experiments,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Bilton. “We loaded a plane with Kindles.”

Not to spoil the outcome, but everything turned out OK. Amazon has submitted the findings to the FAA and is waiting to hear back.

Read the full piece here, including an interesting opening anecdote about the pains Virgin America went through to get the FAA to approve its famously cheeky in-flight safety video.

(Thanks to Isaac for the link.)


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  • http://www.christopherbudd.com Christopher Budd

    I predict one of two things will happen.

    1. The airlines will say all well and good but continue to plead that the “unknown unknowns” pose a risk and so the only authorized devices are the ones you rent from them during the flight for $10 – $15.

    2. The airlines will agree but levy a $10 – $15 “Device Use Safety Surcharge” that’s separate from WiFi access fees.

    In my opinion this has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with maintaining one of the myriad sources of fees.

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