The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the use of iPhones, iPads, Kindles and other electronic devices during flight takeoff and landing citing the possibility of electronic interference with airline equipment, but that theory has been questioned by a lot of people recently, and it appears that the FAA is ready to relent on its stance.
From the Associated Press:
With the blessing of an influential advisory panel, federal regulators are closer to letting airline passengers use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic gadgets during takeoffs and landings.
The 28-member FAA advisory committee voted to recommend the change during a closed-door meeting Thursday, said industry officials familiar with the deliberations.
The advisory committee will be sending their recommendation to the FAA on Monday, who will have the final say on this issue. If everything goes fine, passengers will be able to start using electronic devices during takeoff and landing by early 2014.
It’s important to note that some devices like the iPhone would still have to be kept in airplane mode, which means you won’t be able to play online games, stream videos or surf the web during this time. It’s not clear if this is applicable even if planes have in-flight Wi-Fi.
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