• Report: Airlines could allow devices at takeoff, landing

    Delta Economy Comfort seat. Source: delta.com

    Your seat may not look this spacious, but you may soon be able to keep your tablet in your hand. Photo: delta.com

    CWT Savvy Traveler
    The Federal Aviation Administration is considering letting air passengers leave their electronic devices on during taxiing, takeoff and landing, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

    The full story is in the Wall Street Journal (login required). If you don’t have WSJ access, Mashable summarizes the piece. The Wall Street Journal cites draft recommendations put together by “a high-level advisory panel to the agency.”

    No, this does not mean passengers would be allowed to use their mobile phones to make calls. It means you can keep your laptop on, or that you won’t have to shut down your iPad or Kindle. Even if airlines don’t turn on their in-flight wi-fi until the flight reaches 10,000 feet, there are plenty of things you can do in the interim.

    In a statement obtained by the Associated Press, the FAA said: “The FAA recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft; that is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions.”

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