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FAA looks at relaxing rules on electronic devices

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 3, 2012

The FAA is studying whether to allow more widespread use of electronic devices in flight.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has launched a study looking at whether airlines can safely allow more widespread use of personal electronic devices during flights.

Under current FAA rules, airlines must determine that electronic devices do not cause dangerous radio frequency interference in order to approve them for us during flight. Most airlines ban the use of any electronics during takeoff and landing.

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the six month study would not consider allowing mobile phone calls during flight but would review the use of other devices such as iPods, tablets and laptops.

“We’re looking for information to help air carriers and operators decide if they can allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today’s aircraft,” Huerta said. “We also want solid safety data to make sure tomorrow’s aircraft designs are protected from interference.”

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