FAA Likely To Ease Limits On Mobile Device Usage On Planes

Posted on September 23, 2013

It’s a rule that has led to endless griping from commuters:  when you board an airplane, you must turn off your electronic devices during takeoff and landing.  Now, with complaints reaching a fever pitch and mobile devices more prevalent than they’ve ever been, the Federal Aviation Administration is likely to alter the rules.  An advisory panel is set to convene this week in order to address the rule, and their decision is expected to allow some form of electronic device usage (watching videos, reading e-books) while still banning phone calls and messaging.  The move comes after years of being unable to prove a connection between device usage and cockpit malfunction, although pilots have noted multiple anecdotal instances of an error taking place because of cellphone usage.

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