FAA Oks Passengers Using Gadgets on Planes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline passengers are welcoming the news that they will be able to use electronic devices throughout their flights -- although they still won't be able to use cell phones, and they won't be able to connect to the Internet below 10,000 feet.

The new guidelines issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration will take effect airline by airline, once the FAA is convinced that an airline's planes are protected from electronic interference.

One woman on a security line at Reagan National Airport near Washington today said she's disappointed that she still won't be able to text.

Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode. And heavier devices such as laptops will still have to be stowed because of concern they might injure someone if they go flying around the cabin.


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