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FAA Relaxes Electronic Rules, Locals React
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) No need to put away the i-pod, kindle, or tablet during your plane flight.
The FAA announced Thursday that it's relaxing its rules.
The FAA says announcements like this are going to be a thing of the past.
The agency is lifting its ban on the use of electronic devices during take offs and landings.
"Airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during all phases of flight,” said Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator.
Individual airlines will have to do some additional interference testing. Then it will be up to them to decide when or if electronic devices still need to be turned off.
"In some instances, of low visibility, about 1-percent of all flights. some landing systems will not be able to tolerate the interference” said Huerta.
During take offs and landings passengers should be able to read e-books or play games and watch movies on tablets. But, no phone calls... those are still off limits."
Some airlines could start to implement the changes before the busy holiday travel season.
Delta and Jet Blue both announced they have already filed their plans with the FAA to allow passengers to use their devices during take-off and landing.