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FAA Regulations Changed To Allow Electronics During Takeoff And Landing

by Mike Futter on Nov 01, 2013 at 08:55 AM

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For years, frequent flyers have feared the words, “please turn off and stow all electronic devices.” Moving forward, you will no longer need to stop your game playing, music listening, or eBook reading.

“I am pleased to announce that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during all phases of flight,” said Michael Huerta of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Passengers may be asked during some low-visibility landings to stow electronics. This should happen during less than 1 percent of the time.

[Source: USA Today]

Image: Boeing


Our Take
It’s about time that the FAA caught up with this. There was an episode of Mythbusters years ago that proved that interference from electronic devices doesn’t even move the needle. As someone who does a fair bit of traveling, it’s nice to know that I can settle into my seat and remain uninterrupted through the entire flight.