US mulls over changes to personal electronics on flights
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US aviation officials are considering easing restrictions on the use of personal electronics like smartphones, laptop computers and e-readers aboard airplanes, a spokesman said on Monday.
An advisory panel is meeting behind closed doors on Tuesday and Wednesday to finalize its recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of this month, according to the FAA.
"The FAA recognises consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft," a spokesman said in an email to AFP.
"That is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions." According to current regulations, passengers are asked to turn off personal electronic devices for takeoff and landing.