The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight and is immediately providing airlines with implementation guidance.
Many airlines will not implement the new rules in it’s entirely during the first days of the regulation change, but the FAA expects almost all passengers will be allowed to keep using devices in airplane mode for the entire duration of a flight by the end of the year.
?We believe today?s decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumer?s increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flights,? stated Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. ?These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future.?
[Source: FAA Press Release]