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Below are the 28 people on the Portable Electronic Devices Rulemaking Committee that flyers can thank when they start using their Kindles, iPhones, iPads, and other devices — all in airplane mode, of course — starting tomorrow on most Delta flights, with other airlines to follow as soon¬†as they can. And, of course, also say a small prayer of thanks to Nick Bilton, the New York Times reporter who doggedly pursued the story and singlehandedly changed the course of this discussion.

These 28 people — airline executives, user experience consultants, representatives from electronics companies, airline crew, passenger advocates, and safety experts¬†— deliberated for months, and came up with these new relaxed rules.

Each of them signed the 222-page document that will likely become a seminal document in the FAA’s history.

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Tags: faa, in-flight, peds