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FAA panel recommends allowing electronic devices in the air

  • September 30, 2013 - 9:21 PM

Airline passengers should be allowed to use personal electronic devices to read, play games or enjoy movies and music, even when planes are on the ground or flying below 10,000 feet, according to recommendations an advisory panel sent to the Federal Aviation Administration.

But the panel said that restrictions should remain on sending text messages, browsing the Web or checking e-mail after the plane’s doors have been closed. Passengers would be able to do that only when the aircraft’s Wi-Fi network was turned on.

New York Times

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