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FAA panel to determine rules for using electronics in flight

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Are you tired of having to putting away your iPad or your e-reader when you're flying? The FAA is thinking about relaxing the rules, which could make things a bit easier.

This topic has been discussed for quite some time and now, the Federal Aviation Administration has put together a panel to determine how to handle electronic devices in the air.

The FAA's anticipated decision "could" allow people to use these devices during the duration of a flight – the entire time!

The original rules were written back in 1966, when experts were concerned electromagnetic interference could cause problems with the navigation systems.

This panel is reviewing the safety concerns over the use of cell phones at higher elevations.

The FAA isn't expected to make a final decision until it receives the final version of the panel's study. That is expected by the end of September.

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