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Authorities allow increased use of cell phones, e-readers on planes

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 01:24

Oct. 31 - Aviation authorities announce new guidelines expanding usage for cell phones, e-readers in flights, say planes can tolerate radio interference from the devices in most instances. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Thursday (October 31) it will allow airlines to expand the use of portable electronic devices in flight. FAA administrator Michael Huerta announced the changes at Reagan National Airport outside of Washington, D.C.. The agency said it is immediately providing airlines with guidance for implementation, the time frame for which is expected to vary among carriers. "Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions," the FAA said. The move would still prevent use of mobile phones for voice communications on flight. That issue is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Authorities allow increased use of cell phones, e-readers on planes

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 01:24