FAA Approves Gadgets on Planes

FAA Approves Gadgets on Planes

Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate -- although you'll still have to stow your stuff during take-off and landing.
WASHINGTON – Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate -- although you'll still have to stow your stuff during take-off and landing.

Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday morning.

And everyone must put their gizmos down during the safety briefing and listen up, for heaven's sake.

For anyone who's longingly looked at that laptop during a 5-hour cross-country flight, the news will come as a delight, despite several caveats and restrictions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat-back pocket during the actual take-off and landing, for example. And cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled -- meaning no signal bars displayed.

Passengers still won't be allowed to use cell phones for voice communications: FCC regulations will still prohibit any airborne calls using them. But Candy Crush? Go for it.

For the full story: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/10/31/faa-oks-air-passengers-using-gadgets-on-planes/
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