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Continued: FAA expected to relax rules for gadgets during flight

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 23, 2013 - 11:47 PM

“As a mom, I always want to be able to say those last-minute goodbyes and make sure the plane took off safely,” Phillips said.

Local airline expert Terry Trippler of said he favors relaxing the ban on some forms of personal electronics because it keeps passengers occupied. He said he’s seen a few scenes similar to the kerfuffle that actor Alec Baldwin caused while refusing to quit playing Words with Friends on an American Airlines flight.

He thinks it’s the right decision not to allow cellphones in flight, at least not yet. “Otherwise, I think we’ll be seeing fistfights in the cabin,” he said.

Frequent flier Geoff Eldridge of Minneapolis said that he’s glued to his phone until asked to shut it down, but that he doesn’t mind that cellphones are still restricted from use in the air.

“I do as much work as I can for as long as I can,” he said, “but it’s nice to be able to get a two- or three-hour break.”

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633

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