FAA Approves Pilot Usage of iPad instead of Maps. Can passengers use it now during takeoff?

May 29th, 2011

It seems the FAA has given its blessing to the iPad as a substitute for paper maps (see my earlier coverage here). If this device is deemed safe for pilots, then perhaps passengers can use it now during takeoff and landing? Surely if its safe enough for the pilots to use, us plebeian passengers, forced to enter a veritable stone age for those brief moments during landing, and takeoff, can use it as well?