Save a chunk of change on Kindle devices (today only)
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Halloween (October 31) that it would allow airlines to expand passenger use of portable electronic devices (PED) during all phases of flight, meaning you no longer will be instructed to turn off your e-reader during takeoff or landing, as long as you have a grip on it (or put it in the seat back pocket in front of you). To celebrate the relaxing of the rules, Amazon today is offering discounts on select Kindle devices.
There's a lot you're not supposed to do on an airplane these days, like run up and down the aisle yelling "Bomb!," join the mile high club, visit the cockpit, and other things that can get you arrested. None of that is going to change. But in the near future, you may be able to use your tablet or eReader during taxi, takeoff, and landing if the Federal Aviation Administration deems that a game of Angry Birds won't muck with a plane's flight system and send it crashing to the ground.
New York Times writer Nick Bilton has had enough of the FAA’s vague explanations of why personal electronic devices aren’t allowed during certain parts of a flight. After frequently questioning the rationale for such rules, he recently commissioned his own tests on devices like the Kindle. The results seemed to support Bilton’s position that the FAA being a little disingenuous.