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FAA OKs use of phones, tablets on takeoff and landing

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said airlines can allow passengers to use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings on planes, in addition to cruising altitude.

Airlines must submit their plans to the FAA for approval, and the expanded use of phones and tablets will only be allowed on planes equipped with electronic interference protection.

Delta was quick to announce that its passengers can start using portable electronic devices on Nov. 1. The airline has already submitted its plan to the FAA for approval.

WHAT'S ALLOWED

- Reading

- Working within applications

- Playing games

- Watching movies and shows

- Listening to music

WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED

- Cell phone calls

- Internet browsing, emailing, texting below 10,000 ft

- Laptops must be stowed during takeoff and landing

WHICH DEVICES ARE OK?

- Tablets

- E-readers

- Smart phones (on airplane mode)

- MP3 Players

- Electronic toys


The new rules will be implemented on an airline-by-airline basis. Delta will be the first to jump on board, and will put the rules in place on Friday. In-flight Wi-Fi is expected to be available on many of the 570 domestic flights.

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