The FAA finally did away with the completely arbitrary regulations barring electronics use in 2013, but the AFA turned around and sued the agency in a last-ditch effort to go ahead and ask you to turn that cell phone off. No, putting it in “airplane mode” on a goddamn airplane won’t work today. I’m going to need you to fully power down while I stand over you like your worst nightmare. Etc.
According to Ars Technica, the AFA didn’t even bother trying to claim their challenge was even remotely related to safety—they were just bitter they weren’t consulted before the rule change was announced.
However, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the FAA has always had the ability to change rules as it pleases. The FAA had determined that allowing phones, e-readers and other devices were within its purview.
Sad day for the self-righteous :(
[image via AP]