FAA To Relax Electronics Restrictions On Airplanes

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Customer hold the new iPad tablet computer at its UK launch at an Apple store in central London

The days of turning off your Kindle during take off and landing could be over soon.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Aviation Association is currently in the process of reevaluating the threat caused by consumer electronics on the safety of flights.

The rules of turning off electronics are often seen as a source of irritation for many flyers. In the article, the WSJ cites a study that found that nearly a third of all passengers have left electronics on despite the strict rules.

After a number of recent studies, the FAA is expected to loosen up the rules in the coming months. While it’s likely that cell phones will remain prohibited, some devices such as e-readers might be allowed for all parts of flights.

Over the past few years, the consumer electronics industry has created products that have become pervasive among the public. These products, which include iPads, Kindles, and Nooks, among other popular devices, are often the in-flight entertainment for travelers.

The WSJ included a statement from an FAA spokeswoman saying, “the agency recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft, that is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions.”

Nonetheless, the updated rules could provide a more enjoyable flying experience for many passengers.

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