News

FAA changes rules; cell phones, tablets cleared for takeoff

FAA changes rules; cell phones, tablets cleared for takeoff

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: A United Airlines jet departs in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The FAA has loosened rules allowing passengers to use electronic devices in flight. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won’t happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.

Connections to the Internet to surf, exchange emails, text or download data will still be prohibited below 10,000 feet.

Heavier devices like laptops will have to be stowed. Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode.

And cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

NFL sets new standards on domestic violence punishment

nfl

Players will be subject to a 6-week suspension for their first domestic violence offense.

in Entertainment, Sports

Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade swear wedding guests to secrecy

wade

Guests will have to sign a confidentiality agreement before they can attend.

in National

Survey: Americans’ pessimism on economy has grown

consumer

Despite many signs of economic recovery, Americans are more worried than they were right after the Great Recession.

in National

U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent in second quarter

manufacturing

After a bleak start to the year, the economy rebounded vigorously in the April-June quarter.

in National

Search efforts to resume for missing National Guard pilot

air

Rescuers have resumed searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote area of western Virginia.