Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cleared for Takeoff: FAA Loosens Restrictions on E-Devices

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration finally acknowledged this morning what most travelers had suspected all along: that electronic devices such as Kindles, iPads and iPhones weren't disrupting takeoffs and landings on commercial airliners.

The FAA cleared the gadgets for takeoff, saying they'll soon be allowed during all phases of flight "very soon." Airlines will have the final say, but the majority of carriers are expected to agree with the ruling. Connecting to the Internet will still be prohibited when planes are less than 10,000 feet in the air. Voice calls will also remain prohibited during flight, under a separate rule from the Federal Communications Commission.

This morning's decision came from the findings of a 28-member committee representing airlines, airline manufacturers, electronics makers, pilots and flight attendants. Consumer groups had argued that electronic readers were no more dangerous than books during takeoff and landing.

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