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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
The FAA provided with airlines with the guidance on implementation and it said that due to the differences among fleets and operations the implementation will vary among airlines. However, the agency expects many carriers would prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
The FAA added passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, “with very limited exceptions”. However, electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing.
Mobile phones must be in flight mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications. Onboard wifi can also be used, as can short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future.”