You Might Finally Get to Use Your Game Boy During Take-Off

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The Federal Aviation Administration has for years been the enemy of gamers, with its weird rules that electronic devices had to be shut down during take-off and landing, despite a complete lack of evidence they do anything of the sort.

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Mercifully, it looks like the body might be on the brink of lightening up, with the FAA yesterday announcing plans to get a committee together to take another look at the need for restrictions on the use of mobile phones, laptops and portable gaming systems on flights.

If it does decide to let customers use such devices, awesome! Well, for Americans. It's a regulation that applies pretty much worldwide, so my fellow non-American readers, we can only hope that if the US drops the ban, other nations swiftly follow suit.

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As a long-time gamer and traveler, everyone who complained about this is full of it.

Whine more please. Look, the FAA can't test every single electronic device to check if it will affect radio waves coming to and from the aircraft. Another overlooked reason for this rule has been because if a plane is going to crash, it is usually at takeoff or landing. In those situations they don't want people to have a loose ~5-7 pound piece of equipment flying around the cabin. In the case of portable systems and phones, they don't want you fumbling around for it in a crash or distracted in any way.

Is it really that difficult to close the laptop for twenty minutes? I've never believed in the "turn it all the way off" rule, and I know none of you do already. When it is closed (laptop/game device) it isn't doing anything. You and I know it. Phones on the other hand, I do turn off as a courtesy because it does have the vague chance of interrupting some kind of radio interference.

Christ, I've been in a plane more times than the average American and I've never had a problem with this in my life. The only crime here is the sense of entitlement anyone feels about this.