New Federal Aviation Administration rules are allowing for passengers on airplanes to use tablets, phones, laptops and, yes, e-readers during that crucial ten minutes at the beginning and end of flights.
Now, when a flight attendant walks up and down the aisle after seat-belts are fastened and tray tables are locked, you don’t have to hide your Kindle or Nook in the seat pocket in front of you.
The rule change was expected, following repeated and persistent outcries that the small amount of electromagnetic radiation that devices like tablets emit do not in fact disrupt airliner controls. Still, talking on your cell phone when a plane is taking off and landing will be prohibited.
The change may not be in effect for the next flight you board. The FAA has said that it’s up to individual airlines to roll out implementation of the rule change. Most will have done so by the end of the year.
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