Posted: Nov 2, 2013 9:07 PM by Mackenzie Lee - MTN News
MISSOULA - The Federal Aviation Administration announced earlier this week that the agency plans to change regulations on the use of electronics when people fly.
The current rules say that passengers are supposed to turn off all electronics until the plane reaches a cruising altitude of 10,000 feet - but the change will allow folks to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music before that point.
We caught up with some travelers at the Missoula International Airport to see how they feel about the changes.
"Well I thought the FAA was a little behind the times. Seemed like everybody was using devices, and I couldn't quite see how it affected an airplane - so I'm glad they've changed the regulations, and think it will make business travel a lot easier," Tom France told us.
"I don't really see that much changing. Obviously there will be people using the devices when they weren't, but that's really it..less magazines - I always feel that people had a magazine for that period of time," Athena Lonsdale said.
The start date for this policy will most likely not happen right away, and also will vary by airline.
Before an airline switches to the relaxed rules, airlines will have to prove to the FAA that their aircraft can tolerate the interference. Airlines have, over the years, built newer planes with portable electronics in mind, hardening them against electromagnetic interference.