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FAA Says You Can Use Your Electronics Throughout Your Entire Flight

As long as they're in airplane mode.

FAA Says You Can Use Your Electronics Throughout Your Entire Flight

[Image: Flickr user Jetstar Airways]

Frequent flyers—you won! You can now continue playing Candy Crush on your iPhone (or read Fast Company on your iPad) even as your flight is taking off or landing. The Federal Aviation Administration has finally relaxed the restrictions on in-flight electronics usage. New regulations allow passengers to use e-book readers, play games, and watch videos on devices in airplane mode.

The changes are based on input from a group of experts including airline representatives, aviation manufacturers, passenger advocates, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry. They come more than month after a formal recommendation from a federal advisory panel of government and aviation industry officials.

The only caveat here is that airlines will have to prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices gate-to-gate. While the FAA has eased restrictions, individual airlines still have to prove to the FDA that in-air electronics during takeoff and landing are safe for their fleet. Delta Air Lines, for instance, is already seeking FAA approval to allow customers to use portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet and could get it as soon as November 1.