FAA Allowing Most Electronic Device Use Throughout Flights

Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-31 11:48:36-04

800px-United_Airlines_B777-200_N780UA(CNN) — 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 October 31 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.

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