Now, to a big change that could make flying a little more enjoyable. An faa advisory panel is looking at new rules that could ease restrictions on electronic devices. Allowing fliers to keep them on... See More
Now, to a big change that could make flying a little more enjoyable. An faa advisory panel is looking at new rules that could ease restrictions on electronic devices. Allowing fliers to keep them on during takeoff and landing. Lisa stark joins us from reagan national airport in washington. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That advisory panel will make its recommendation to the faa within the next week. Then, it's up to the agency to decide how to move forward on electronic devices and how quickly to do it. The advisory panel knows americans are in love with their electronic devices. And when they get on an airplane, breaking up is hard to do. Turn off and stow all portable electronics devices. Reporter: Anyone who flies knows the drill. Power off that phone, computer, tablet, during critical takeoff and landing, until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet. The panel is finalizing guidelines for the faa to loosen those rules. Its job is to figure out how to do that without compromising safety. These devices have the potential to interfere with airplane systems and airplane radios during flight. Reporter: There's little hard evidence of any major problems in the air. But manufacturers are adding shielding. And at boeing, they're testing electronic devices in a quiet room, to check for possible interference. Nearly one-third of passengers forget to turn off their devices, according to one poll. When we landed, I went to turn it off and saw it was on. Reporter: And many are convinced their electronics are a hazard. I fly corporate aircraft a lot. And there's no technical problems. Reporter: The faa is poised to make some changes. Saying, quote, it recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft. In other words, there's no turning back the digital deluge. Now, one thing that is not expected to change. You still won't be able to use your cell phone to send e-mails or to make phone calls. And that's good news for those of us who don't want to sit next to someone for hours listening to their conversation. Robin? You've got that right. Thank you so much. Peace and quiet.
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