November 1, 2013
FAA's new rules on using electronics on flights
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced that travelers will soon be able to use their smartphones and tablets (in airplane mode) and other electronic devices at all times during a flight.
The agency's press release noted that "passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their device during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions."
Travelers will still not be permitted, however, to make voice calls from their cell phones.
The FAA said that it expects that "many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
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