Planes & Electronics : Stop The Madness

The New York Times has a good piece on the ridiculous FAA rules about phones, tablets and other electronic devices:

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. In November, half a dozen police cars raced across the tarmac at La Guardia Airport in New York, surrounding a plane as if there were a terrorist on board. They arrested a 30-year-old man who had also refused to turn off his phone while on the runway.

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.

This is another case of why people don’t trust the government. They have the facts wrong, they make changing excuses and…well, having the facts wrong and not listening is enough, isn’t it? As the Times reporter Nick Bilton points out:

Dealing with the F.A.A. on this topic is like arguing with a stubborn teenager. The agency has no proof that electronic devices can harm a plane’s avionics, but it still perpetuates such claims, spreading irrational fear among millions of fliers.

Watch Bilson talk about this from Current TV and ask yourself : why are liberals leading on this? This should be a conservative issue, dang it…

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