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FCC says electronic devices should be allowed in all phases of flight


In a letter to the FAA’s acting administrator last week, the head of the Federal Communications Commission said that the FAA’s ban on portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing needs to be changed. The letter doesn’t address the use of cell phones in flight, but says that other electronic gadgets like tablets and e-readers should be allowed. This summer the FAA launched a panel to review its policies on in-flight electronics, but there is no timeline for when that panel’s eventual findings might be implemented. The FCC’s letter noted that small electronic devices have become a part of everyday life for travelers, and that therefore the FAA needs to update its policies as a result.