US panel backs easing electronic device use on planes
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has recommended that airline passengers be allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, according to industry officials familiar with the committee's deliberations.
Under the recommendations, passengers would be able to use most devices, although some would have to be switched to airplane mode. Downloading data, surfing the Web and talking on the phone would still be prohibited. But people could still read e-books, listen to music, watch movies, play games and do work.
The 28-member committee agreed on the recommendations during a closed-door meeting, the officials said on Thursday. The recommendations will be included in a report to be delivered to the FAA early next week, they said.
The officials asked not to be named because the FAA has urged committee members not to talk to the media or to publicly discuss the recommendations.