US FAA likely to relax ban on in-flight use of personal electronic gadgets

US FAA likely to relax ban on in-flight use of personal electronic gadgets

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reportedly set to ease the existing restrictions on the in-flight use of personal electronic gadgets, including the Apple iPhone and the Amazon Kindle e-readers.
According to the information shared by three unidentified sources in the know of proceedings at the FAA, a high-level advisory panel advising the aviation regulators has prepared a draft report which stops short of recommending that the current restrictions on the use of electronics gadgets in flight should be done away with.

With the FAA likely to relax the ban on use of some types of personal-electronic devices at low altitudes, passengers will apparently be allowed to use their devices during taxiing, as well as flight takeoffs and landings.

The recommendations of the advisory panel will be put in place after they have been duly approved by the FAA. Before putting its final seal of approval on the recommendations, the agency will not only consider potential interference from electronic signals, but also the measures which need to be implemented to deal with the safety issues linked to the recommended move.

Nonetheless, acknowledging the fact that "consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft," the FAA said in a statement: "That is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions."