November 1st, 2013
07:43 AM ET

FAA Relaxing Restrictions on Electronics

Airplane travelers will soon be able to watch videos and play games with their electronic devices throughout their entire flight - and not just above a certain altitude - the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday in a long anticipated announcement.

But don't expect to be chatting on your cell phone. A ban on using cell phones for voice communication remains in effect.

The FAA, following months of study by a group of aviation experts, said that airlines can soon allow passengers to use portable electronic devices such as tablets, laptop computers, e-readers and cell phones in airplane mode throughout the flight - with some circumstantial restrictions.

The FAA does make this point that in certain circumstances you will be asked to turn it off in-flight,”CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans explains.

“It’s about 1% of flights, they’re going to tell you that landing systems may not be proven to be, as they call them PED tolerant (personal electronic device tolerant). So they’ll have you turn off your stuff in a very low-visibility situation.”

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