You might be able to use your iPhone, iPad, other electronic devices during takeoff and landing starting 2014

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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.

Tell us what you think about the FAA lifting this blanket ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing in the comments below.

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  • Anthony

    THANK GOD! That’s all I got to say…

  • Alex

    The only reason the FAA has these regulations is so people will actually PAY ATTENTION during take off and landing. Studies show that there is most likely going to be an “accident” during take off or landing then there will be just flying in the air. For this reason, its important for passengers to be alert and able to help in case of an emergency, and not be distracted by playing games on their phone.

    • Dave

      Alex, what is the difference between reading a Kindle, a paperback, or the airline-issued magazine? Nothing. If attention is really the issue, wouldn’t all reading meterial be banned for takeoff and landing?

      • Andrew Lee

        right on Dave… well said!

    • Kiwiholden

      If the crashing and screaming isn’t enough to get their attention then nothing will

  • Slick

    aiplane mode?? haha i wonder how many wont set it to that

  • DasH0212

    Nonsense reason..

  • kron1k 

    Hope the pilots iPads are in airplane mode at these times

  • DoctorTim

    Yes Anthony, I’m sure god was the deciding vote… ???