You no longer have to put down your eBook when your plane is taxing to take off. After months of consideration, the FAA announced today that airplane passengers can now use their personal electronics “during all phases of flight,” though cellphone use is still banned.
The government agency based the decision on input from a panel of experts that had included a diverse bunch of voices from airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.
While you can use these devices during takeoff and landing, there are still some rules about how you use these devices.
Here is more detail from the FAA’s press release: “Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.”