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F.A.A. likely to ease on-board gadget no-no’s

If you’re a flier just as committed to playing Words with Friends on your smart phone as, say, Alec Baldwin, this may be your week to rejoice.

Creative commons photo via flickr user pouwerkerk

The New York Times reports that the FAA will meet to complete a set of recommendations that will loosen the rules around use of digital devices by passengers, likely including allowing certain devices to be used regardless of flight phase.
According to several members of the FAA panel charged with creating the new digital guidelines, watching video, listening to podcasts and reading e-books will be allowed, meaning no powering-off at takeoff and landing. Making phone calls or sending emails or texts via data plans will, however, likely remain banned.

The panel’s recommendations will likely go into effect next year.

H/T Elizabeth Shell

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