Industry News 21 - 25 June 2013
Aviation authorities in the US are set to relax the ban on the use of laptops and iPads during take-off and landing. Research undertaken by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) found the devices are safer than previously thought and that they no longer interfere with navigation systems. Changes to the ruling will mean passengers flying into or out of the US will be able to keep their laptops on during landing or take-off respectively, but will still have to switch off at the other end of their journey. The change only applies to the US for the time being, with the FAA to release its findings in September, after which more countries may relax the rules. Mobile phones must still be switched off, with the FAA expected to further investigate mobile phone use in the future.