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FAA Expands Use of Electronic Devices

The ban on cell phone calls during flights will not be lifted.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday they will allow airlines to expand passengers’ use of portable electronic devices, but cell phone calls will still be prohibited.

According to CBS News, airlines are being given guidance on the new policy, and implementation will vary among airlines, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The agency believes many carriers will prove their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode through the entire flight by the end of 2013.

Electronic items must be stored during takeoff and landing. Cell phones must be in airplane mode for the duration of the flight and cannot be used for voice communications. Bluetooth accessories can be used, as well as the Wi-Fi functionality of electronic devices.

The FAA said it reached its decision based on input from experts from airlines, passengers, pilots, and the mobile technology industry.

More information about the new guidelines
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