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FAA Says Some Electronics Can Now Be Used Throughout Your Flight
Under the changes, travelers will be able to use e-readers, play games, and watch videos on their portable devices throughout their journey. Bluetooth devices like wireless keyboards can also be used on flights. Cell phones will still face some restrictions, with passengers required to keep them in airplane mode. And as is currently the case, no phone calls will be allowed at any time onboard. The FAA says passengers may be asked to stow some heavier devices during takeoff and landing for safety reasons, but in general, the new rules reflect much more freedom for fliers.
The new rules won't necessarily apply immediately, and exactly how they'll be implemented will probably differ from one airline to the next. But the FAA believes most carriers will have the changes in place by the end of the year.