News by Andrew Kameka on Friday June 21, 2013.
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Airline passengers may soon get more freedom to use their mobile gadgets on planes. According to the Wall Street Journal, the FAA is likely to change current rules that require the shutdown of all electronic devices during takeoff. The FAA has yet to finalize exactly how the rules will change, but the regulatory agency is expected to institute new rules for airlines that will permit passengers to use ereaders during takeoff, and it may also extend those privileges to other electronic devices.
Current FAA regulations call for the unequivocal banning of all personal electronics during takeoff and landing. Flight attendants often surmise the rule by telling passengers "Anything with an on/off switch" must be turned off. However, the FAA may ease those restrictions. Mobile phones would continue to be banned under current guidelines and cellular phone calls would still be off limits. The FAA did not allow its panel to review guidelines on cell phone usage, but that could change in the future. The FCC bans cellular networks but the agency is considering changing those guidelines because consumers regularly ignore current rules and there are questions that if smartphone usage truly poses a risk to airline safety.source: Marketwatch
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