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Alaska texting law challenged in court / Amazon NoKindle reading law challended in passenger planes

Alaska texting law challenged in court

UNCLEAR: Critics say legislation isn't explicit enough as it refers only to "screen device operating."

By BECKY BOHRERAssociated Press
Published: December 25th, 2011 09:45 PM Last Modified: December 25th, 2011 09:45 PM

JUNEAU -- Alaska's intended ban on texting while driving is facing a legal challenge, with a magistrate in Kenai saying the Legislature should have been explicit if they truly meant to prohibit the activity......

Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No.

By NICK BILTON | December 25, 2011, 3:00 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration has its reasons for preventing passengers from reading from their Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing. But they just don’t add up.

Since I wrote a column last month asking why these rules exist, I’ve spoken with the F.A.A., American Airlines, Boeing and several others trying to find answers. Each has given me a radically different rationale that contradicts the others. The F.A.A. admits that its reasons have nothing to do with the undivided attention of passengers or the fear of Kindles flying out of passengers’ hands in case there is turbulence. That leaves us with the danger of electrical emissions.

For answers, I headed down to EMT Labs, an independent testing facility in Mountain View, Calif., that screens electrical emissions of gadgets that need to pass health, safety and interference standards.

Before I share the results of the tests EMT ran, let me explain what this....