Portable electronics now allowed during all phases of flight

Your electronics are free at last to remain on during take-off and landing. A just-released statement by the FAA has reversed decades of tyrannical control over even the most harmless of electronics.

Early today, airline execs all across the U.S. awoke to instruction packets from the FAA. While the governmental rule change is to be implemented immediately, airlines must prove to the FAA that their fleets are sufficiently modernized to handle the newly relaxed rules. In all likelihood, every major airline in the U.S. has an entire department scrambling to prove their company worthy at this very moment. After all, nobody is going buy tickets aboard a plane that isn't modern enough to handle a few Bluetooth signals without plummeting out of the sky.

While the process isn't exactly an instantaneous one, the FAA does expect the vast majority of airlines to prove themselves worthy by year's end. At that point, you'll be free to use your noise-cancelling headphones, watch videos, play games and read on your phones, phablets, tablets, or whatever else you may be carrying on these days.

There are still some restrictions, by the way. Electronics will have to remain in airplane mode for the duration of the flight and making calls via cellphones is still prohibited. So, unless you're logged into the airline's Wi-Fi, Mr. Baldwin, social gaming is still pretty much out. There's also a restriction on using your laptops or other bulky electronics during take-off and landing. Basically, if it keeps folks from escaping the plane in case of an emergency, you should have it stowed.

If you'd like to read the FAA's press release itself in full detail, it's right here. This rule change has been a long time in coming, but now that it has finally come to pass, airline passengers are free from the regulations of a bygone era.


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