FAA Ends the Ban on Electronics

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it has determined that it is safe to allow airline passengers to use portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing.


The new rule will still require that cellphones remain off or in airplane mode, with cellular service disabled, throughout the flight, due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Large items like laptops and tablet computers will have to be stowed during the actual takeoff and landing phases. However, music players, smartphones, and other small electronic devices with Wi-Fi Internet capability will not have to be turned off for takeoff and landing.


The FAA also noted: “Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.”


For more information, please visit the FAA Portable Electronic Devices webpage at http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/ped/