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U.S. aviation regulators discussing allowing tablet and e-readers on flights

On Monday, United States aviation regulators started discussing how to let travelers use laptops, e-readers, and tablets while on planes, without compromising safety of flights.

There is some concern that portable electronic devices can interfere with takeoff and landing instrumentation, which is why current rules require them to be turned off at these times. Some passengers don’t believe this to be true, however, and leave them on.

According to the report by an industry-government committee, which was given to the FAA just recently, smaller devices can be left on, particularly on newer planes, while larger things like DVD players and laptops must be turned off and stowed. Older aircraft might need to be inspected to make sure they are not affected by interference coming from the smaller devices as well.

Cell phones were not part of the considerations and will remain banned during flights.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

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