Our long National nightmare is over. Finally (finally!) the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that airplanes will allow “gate-to-gate” use of electronics. Soon, you will never again have to pretend to turn off your cell phone when the flight attendant comes around. Even better, you will never again have to quietly loathe the stranger next to you when they too yell at you for turning your Kindle back on two minutes into the flight.
The two great unanswered questions of flight travel have long been “will using my Gameboy really cause this plane to crash?” and “why do they still tell us we can’t destroy the smoke detectors in the bathrooms; is that really still a problem?” The second question remains unknown, but the first in no longer an issue.
This is a huge deal for me. I’m not a big fan of flying, so I try to distract myself with as many flashing screens as possible. When the plane takes off, my gut turns over, and without my phone to play Tetris on, I have to pay attention to what’s happening and oh god something’s gone wrong we’re all going to die.
Never again! The decision hasn’t quite gone through, but after a study into the effects of electrical devices on planes finishes, the path to electrical aviation will be on its way.