Earlier in October, the Federal Aviation Administration considered lifting a ban on electronic devices in airplanes. After much discussion with airlines and electronics manufacturers, the FAA announced it has eased restrictions on the use of most devices during takeoffs and landings, provided that they can operate in “airplane mode.” Before allowing such, however, individual airlines must demonstrate that using such devices in airplane mode is safe. Industry pundits rejoiced at the decision, stating that this will make the flight experience more bearable for passengers. Flight attendants expressed concern that those using the devices may ignore important safety instructions that are given at takeoff. However, a ban on making cellphone calls from a plane will remain in effect.
Hardly a few hours passed and select airlines quickly announced that they would eliminate the ban on electronics. Delta and JetBlue became the first airlines to do so, with American Airlines following suit 3 days later. So, as long as airlines continue to increase their share of profits from items other than actual tickets, all is fine and dandy, right?