FAA to allow use of personal electronics during flights

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Federal Aviation Administration will soon allow air travelers to use smartphones and other electronic devices from gate to gate, having determined that airlines can safely expand use of such portable mechanisms during all phases of a flight, the agency announced Thursday.

The change is expected to take place by the end of the year, but implementation will vary among airlines, according to a report from Washington Post reporter Luz Lazo.

A few rules that will stay the same: Cellphones cannot be used for voice communications, and electronic devices must be put away during takeoffs and landings.

The FAA has produced a list of the top 10 things passengers should know about expanded use of personal electronic devices on airplanes. More details are available in Lazo’s article.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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