[Lawrence Chambers for Metrosetter Wire]
Booking travel on smartphones expected to grow exponentially, while the FAA is expected to allow smartphones and Ipads use during take-offs in 2013. Should lead to more business for all Internet based travel sites. See the full report below…
In July Tech Crunch discussed Airbnb’s expected growth on mobile, becoming a key focus for the company. “About 20 percent of Airbnb’s traffic comes from the iPhone, iPad, and Android, and mobile web browsers, and it fully expects that traffic to skyrocket over the coming years, especially in international markets.” But tech companies aren’t the only ones who recognize the necessity of considering mobile devices when planning for the future. The Federal Aviation Administration said in August that it is starting a process to study the issue of allowing airline passengers to use iPads and other electronic devices during the entire flight, and that the process will take at least until March 2013 for a recommendation. Hopefully by the end of 2013, business travelers will be to use sights such as Airbnb and HomeAway during takeoff on their mobile devices.
Smartphones and tablet devices are already common in the passenger cabin and iPads are already being used by pilots in the cockpit. In fact, American Airlines just gave the OK–after being approved by the FCC–for pilots to replace their oversized flight manuals with iPads, which they will be able to use during all phases of the flight. Passengers, however, as we all know, are required to turn off electronic devices when the plane is below 10,000 feet because signals emitted by the devices could potentially interfere with electronics in the cockpit.
From Yahoo News:
The FAA doesn’t actually ban the devices. But it says airlines can only allow devices that have been tested and proven not to interfere with the plane’s electronics. With thousands of devices on the market and new ones coming out each day, airlines simply ban them all during takeoff and landing.
The FAA will form a committee this fall to study the issue for six months and then make recommendations.
This group will include people from mobile technology companies, airplane makers, pilots and flight attendants, airlines, and passenger associations. The FAA will also ask for public input.
In a written statement, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency wants “information to help airlines “decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today’s aircraft.”