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The FAA Is Fine With You Using Most Electronics During Takeoffs and Landings

Oddly, still no decision re: freely dispensing Xanax to flyers.
How happy is this man right now? (Photo: Hulu)

How happy is this man right now? (Photo: Hulu)

Our long national nightmare of having to turn off our Kindles while taxiing is now over. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the use of personal electronic devices can be utilized from gate-to-gate. Cell phone conversations will remain banned.

The decision comes roughly a month later after an advisory panel suggested revamped electronic usage rules to the FAA. The decision, which was pushed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, allows most electronics (tablets, e-readers, and smartphones on airplane mode) to remain turned on during takeoffs and landings. That means your binge watching, music listening and Candy Crushing will no longer be interrupted as long as your device is in “airplane mode.”

Bad news for Internet users: Connecting to Wi-Fi is still prohibited when the plane is below 10,000 feet and larger electronic devices, like laptops, still have to be stowed.

The rules won’t take effect for all airlines immediately, Skift notes. Because of different types of technology used by airlines varying fleets, they have to submit proposals to the FAA to ensure playing Dots won’t bring down the plane. JetBlue and Delta are reportedly the first airlines to submit their plans. They could be approved as quickly as today.

We’ll be passing a thank you card around the office to send to Nick Bilton later today.

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