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FAA Wants Pilots to Stop Playing With Gadgets in the Cockpit

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The FAA wants to put a rule on the books that would prohibit pilots from playing with personal electronics in the cockpit. Wait, that wasn't a rule already? Apparently not.

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USA Today reports that the 19-page proposal that will published in the Federal Register today. If approved, the the rule will prohibit the use of any gadgets that aren't pertinent to the task of flying an airplane while pilots are, er, flying airplanes. That way, their brains will be free to worry about the weather, the plane's trajectory, and, you know, all of the lives and thousands of pounds of tin in their care.

Currently, pilots are only prohibited from using electronic toys when planes are in the process of taking off and landing. Laptops, iPads and the like—which are being used for legitimate reasons—will still be permitted. Makes sense to us! [USA Today]

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Just-a-guy
Just-a-guy

Right, because highly trained and experienced pilots need the nanny state to tell them what they can and can not do while flying?

It's no wonder the government wants to confiscate all the guns, at the rate they are sticking their noses into things, it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously annoyed and just shoots the wanna-be tyrants.

And they wonder why there is such a deficit? Wasting time worrying if a pilot is playing Angry Birds while the auto-pilot is holding the plane steady in a cloudless sky.