Posted: 9:36 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
By Rick Couri
Keep that tablet or smart phone charged, the FAA just cleared the way for you to use them from “gate-to-gate.”
The agency has been considered easing the restrictions, allowing passengers to listen to music, work, watch movies, and play games during take-off and landings.
Now we can, but not on every plane.
Fox News reports the new rule only covers “planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.”
Reports say most newer planes will be fine and the changes will be implemented gradually as airlines are prepared.
There are still some activates that won’t be allowed. Internet connections and phone calls are still a no-no and all phones and tablets will need to be in “airplane mode” if they are powered on.
The FAA also says most laptops will need to be stowed for take-off.