FAA Electronic Devices: Agency May Ease Restrictions

June 21, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

FAA electronic devices: Sick of turning off the restrictions on electronics before, during, and after flights?

They might change in the future.

The Federal Aviation Administration could relax the ban on some types of electronic devices soon, after an advisory panel recommended to do so in a report.

The agency’s traditional stance on turning electronics off and stowing them away for a spell  “has become untenable,” according ot the report, a draft of which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

The agency’s guidance has led to airlines prohibiting any electronics until planes go above 10,000 feet.

The Journal indicated that the relaxed restrictions–which wouldn’t include cell phone, but would include most other electronics, like e-readers–would happen soon, but the agency will wait until at late September, an agency spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.

Full recommendations from the panel convened by the agency are expected in September, and relaxations could happen soon after. 

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