December 14: US government officially recommends airline pilots can use iPads, but automobile drivers can’t have phones.

New York Times “Bits” blog, December 14, 2011, 12:34 AM:

F.A.A. Approves iPads in Cockpits, But Not for Passengers

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that pilots on American Airlines flights would be allowed to use iPads instead of paper flight manuals in the cockpit starting Friday, even during takeoff and landing. But, passengers are still required to shut down anything with the slightest electronic pulse from the moment a plane leaves the gate until it reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet.

New York Times “Bits” blog, December 14, 2011, 7:25 AM:

Daily Report: Safety Board Urges Cellphone Ban for Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to ban drivers from using hands-free devices, including wireless headsets. The concern was heightened by increasingly powerful smartphones that people use to e-mail, watch movies and play games.

Matt Richtel, who wrote a series in The New York Times in 2009 on the danger of cellphone use while driving, reports that the agency based its recommendation on evidence from its investigation of numerous crashes in which electronic distraction was a major contributing factor.

So, yesterday, one government agency officially recommended that no driver anywhere, under any circumstances, should in any way be using a cell phone while operating a vehicle, citing evidence from multiple auto, rail, boating, etc accidents that doing so was a major cause of crashes.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Washington, another government agency was giving commercial airline pilots the official go-ahead to start using iPods in airplane cockpits.

Left hand, please at least try to say hello to right hand. Right hand, same thing goes for you. You’re stuck together, so you might as well learn to get along with one another, capice?

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