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Turning off electronic gadgets during flight may not be needed anymore

December 24, 2011 - Washington

A new study claims that it is ok to use electronic gadgets on flights.

Electronic gizmos, from smartphones to iPads, have become an increasingly crucial part of how modern pilots fly the friendly skies.

Ernesto Martinez, who has been a pilot for 7 years said that no tool has made flying easier than his iPad, which provides maps, airplane and airport information, approach planes and sectionals.

"All that information is pre-loaded into the iPad so there is no communicating through Wi-Fi or the cellphone network-so it's really not sending any cellphone signal," Fox News quoted Martinez as saying.

According to reports, both American and United Airlines pilots use iPads in the cockpit, which raises questions as to why passengers cannot use them.

A new investigation has found that a large percentage of people don't follow the rules and leave their electronic devices on during take off, flight and landing, USA Today revealed.

"Everyone kind of disobeys it. I've even heard from flight attendants that it doesn't do anything," one passenger said.

But Martinez said that this could create a problem.

"If you have a large aircraft and there are many people on their phones, it can get into the cockpit," Martinez added.


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