A revealing interview with the first officer of what is described as a major regional airline, finds that keeping your electronic devices on below 10,000 feet isn t an immediate danger to the flight at least according to that pilot.
Travel website TravelZoo conducted the interview for a Huffington Post blog. The pilot, who remained anonymous, admitted that pilots are the worst offenders of the no electronic devices rule.
Not on purpose, of course, but when we're flying all day, sometimes we forget to turn our phones off. I've received a phone call everywhere from the takeoff roll to 18,000 feet over the Rockies and the airplane has never had an adverse reaction, the pilot told TravelZoo.
But the pilot added that passengers should not use that as a reason to ignore instructions of flight attendants. It is their job to enforce the rules, no matter how dumb they are.
It s actually considered a federal offense if you don t comply with all instructions flight attendants give.
It was reported last month that the FAA may soon allow passengers to use iPads, Amazon Kindles and other electronic reading devices by the end of the year, as long as they are in airplane mode.
Other things the pilot revealed in the interview:
- You should not worry about turbulence because modern airliners are built to withstand a lot of punishment. However, airliners should not be flown into thunderstorms for any reason.
- With few exceptions, most pilots don t fly the same route on a regular basis.
- Pilots do take magazines, crossword puzzles or other light reading materials into the cockpit in order to stay mentally awake, particularly on very long flights.
- With autopilot, some newer, larger airliners can land with minimal input from pilots, but smaller aircraft need to be piloted by humans from takeoff to landing.