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FAA Eases Electronic Device Usage On Flights

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it's safe to use electronic devices while flying, including during takeoffs and landings.

"The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "It's safe to read downloaded materials, like e-books and calendars, and also to play games."

Flyers still won't be able to actually call anyone from the plane, but the FAA expects that gate-to-gate use of devices will soon be the norm.

Many industry officials say what's good for consumers is good for business.

"It was determined after a great deal of study that these devices do not in any way interfere with planes, so now, it's a matter of implementing it and letting people enjoy the flight," said Roger Dow, CEO of U.S. Travel Associates. "It's probably good for the flight attendants, too, because people stay in their seats reading their Kindles and watching their movies."

Fliers at LaGuardia Airport were excited to hear the news.

"I'm very happy," said one person. "It makes the flight pass a lot quicker."

"I've always heard that they didn't really need to have us all turn off our devices anyway, so it's nice for them to finally change it," said another.

"I think it's great. I think everybody gets a lot done when they're waiting for flights, waiting during flights," said a third.

"It's got my seal of approval," said a fourth.

The FAA says that they expect most airlines to be on board by the end of the year.

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