FAA rule change could expand electronics use

Justin Schecker

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FAA rule change could expand electronics use

CREATED Sep. 24, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - New flying rules could soon expand the use of electronics and allow you to leave them on at all times.

As early as next year, passengers may be able to leave tablets and e-readers on during take-offs and landings. 

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory panel is expected to make final recommendations on policy changes by the end of this month.      

According to the New York Times, the new guidelines will let you read e-books, listen to podcasts and watch videos before airplanes reach 10 thousand feet.

The current rules have been around much longer than smartphones and tablets. They were established in response to concerns that communication devices could interfere with a plane's systems.  

While FM radio sets from the 1950s posed problems, aviation experts say most of today's popular electronics can't interrupt a plane in flight.     

A study by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Consumer Electronics Association found as many as 30 percent of passengers admitted to not shutting off an electronic device during takeoff or landing.      

The new changes wont lift the Federal Communications Commission's ban on cell phone use, so talking and texting still wont be permitted.