FCC aims to ease electronics restrictions on planes

3:16 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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A picture shows the economy cabin of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet (Photo: Getty Images)

If you're planning on flying out for the holidays over the next couple of weeks, you will still have to turn off your portable electronic devices, but there is a recent push to ease some of those restrictions.

Recently, Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), wrote a letter to the FAA saying "I write to urge the FAA to enable greater use of tablets, e-readers, and other portable electronic devices during flight, consistent with public safety."

The FCC has put together a working group to spend the next six months researching the restrictions on portable electronics on airplanes and during that time they'll come up with a list of suggestions for the FAA to consider.

From the study session, the FCC working group will try and determine which devices are safe to use onboard and when they can be used.

Many passengers argue that not all of their electronic devices cause interference with the pilots communicating with the tower, including Kindles and iPods.


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