Why Virgin America Can’t Let You Use Devices on Take-off … Yet

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Passengers who have languished in catalog-browsing boredom on take-off and landing cheered Friday, when the FAA certified JetBlue and Delta as the first airlines to let you use approved portable electronic devices throughout the entire flight. Jet Blue made hay with a video celebrating their historic first flight under the new rules.

Why those two and not other airlines? Well, it turns out JetBlue and Delta happened to be on the FAA advisory panel [PDF] that drew up the new regulations in the first place — including which tests airlines need to perform. JetBlue Captain Chuck Cook led the subcommittee that came up with these regulations in the first place Read more…

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