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US Agency Mulling Changes in In-Flight Electronic-Device Use

A US Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel meeting this week is expected to recommend that the FAA eliminate  the requirement that passengers turn off and stow all electronic devices during commercial flights’ take-off and landing . Many current restrictions would be relaxed, allowing passengers to read e-books, listen to podcasts, play games, or watch videos. However, the prohibition activities requiring communication with ground-based systems—such as making phone calls, sending and receiving e-mails and text messages, and using Wi-Fi—would remain in place. The new policy is expected to be in place next year. (Ars Technica)(The New York Times)

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