Amazon steals FAA's thunder with one-day Kindle deal

Summary:Because someone had to make a buck from this turn of events.


Much to the delight of casual and frequent flyers nationwide, the Federal Aviation Administration recently altered its stringent policies on mobile device use -- and now Amazon is making a play on that.

The Seattle-headquartered corporation has unveiled a special one-day discount on its Kindle e-reader and tablet brand as a "thank you" to the FAA.

Certainly, there are some consumers who will be saying thank you to Amazon given the rather notable 15 percent discount available well ahead of Black Friday.

The promotion even makes a tad of sense given that many flyers probably would have settled for even just having an e-reader available throughout the entire flight to pass the time on the runway.

Nevertheless, while the FAA is the entity that had the final word, Amazon executives tried to grab some of the credit, declaring in the announcement that the retail giant has been "fighting for our customers on this issue for years, and we are thrilled by the FAA’s recent decision—this is a big win for customers."

To recap, after months of debate (and years of frustration among travelers), the FAA announced last week that it would be lifting the ban on mobile device use during takeoff and landing. That's applicable to e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and more.

Naturally, there are some restrictions. For instance, flyers still can't make phone calls while in transit, with which is probably something that everyone can get onboard.

So Kindle-buyers, time is counting.

The basic Kindle starts at $59 while the Kindle Fire HD is going for $118. The brand new Kindle Fire HDX, which debuted in September , is going for $195.

Don't forget the promo code at checkout.

Image via Amazon

Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Government : US, Tablets


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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