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FAA Panel Ready To Recommend Easing Restrictions on Electronic Devices

Excerpt from New York Times

Sep 23, 2013 4:30 am

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If pilots can use iPads in the cockpit and Delta flight attendants can use Nokia Lumia 820s for credit card transactions, it become untenable to force passengers to power off their electronic devices. But, it looks like things are finally changing, and that’s a good thing.

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The rules on when to turn off electronic devices on airplanes have long been a sour, and sometimes contentious, point for travelers …. This week, an F.A.A. advisory panel will meet to complete its recommendations to relax most of the restrictions.

The guidelines are expected to allow reading e-books or other publications, listening to podcasts, and watching videos…the ban on making phone calls, as well as sending and receiving e-mails and text messages or using Wi-Fi, is expected to remain in place, the panel members said.

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