This day makes me so, so happy. Now come on United. I have a flight tomorrow at 7 a.m. Let’s make this happen!
But LOL to FAA Administrator Huerta:
While flight attendants have no effective way to determine whether a cellphone or tablet is really in airplane mode during flight, Mr. Huerta said, “There’s no safety problem if they’re not, but you’re going to arrive at your destination with a dead battery,” because the device would continue looking for a cell connection and would not find it.
Maybe iPhone users. I travel with 4 spare batteries. Text messages sometimes do get through at 30,000 feet.
Update: I tweet, and United responds.
@JoshMBlackman We're excited and will implement this as soon as possible. Keep watching our Twitter feed for updates. ^RS
— United Airlines (@united) October 31, 2013