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Keep That Kindle On! The FAA Likely Will Relax Rules for On-Board Electronics

It's not a done deal. But both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting that a group working for the FAA on a study of airline safety issues is currently drafting a document that will allow the use of most electronics during take off and landing. I say "most" because that most controversial of devices, the ubiquitous cellphone, was not part of the study, so rules wont change about its use, at least not at this juncture.

Apparently, someone who's seen the document has said that it will allow electronics to be in "airplane mode" from gate to gate. Because navigational equipment could be affected by devices that use send and receive signals, its likely that those types of programs and/or devices will have to be powered off during landing.

Of course, this is all based on leaked information. We'll be watching to see what the FAA does when all of this becomes official. To read the complete article on these developments, click here.