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The Internet Is Thanking Nick Bilton for the FAA’s New Rules

@jasonclampet

Oct 31, 2013 8:34 am

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We’re patiently waiting for Bilton’s victory lap story.

— Jason Clampet

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The New York Times’ technology writer Nick Bilton has been the pied piper of the Federal Aviation Administration relaxing rules on in-flight usage of electronic devices. Perturbed that he had to turn off his Kindle before he wanted to, Bilton went on a one-man crusade (albeit one with the backing on an institution like the New York Times) to prove that the rules were a throwback and a nuisance.

The FAA agreed, and earlier this year formed a committee to investigate relaxing the rules. Today it announced that gate-to-gate use of electronics would be allowed if the airlines met certain guidelines. Delta quickly announced it would allow their use starting tomorrow.

Twitter was happy. Below are just a fraction of the tweets that are flowing in congratulating the tech writer on what’s already been dubbed “Nick Bilton Day.”

History of the FAA’s Proposed Changes

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