FAA Eases Restrictions on In Flight Device Use

Delta Airlines and JetBlue want to be the first to allow phone and device use during takeoff, landing.
2:07 | 11/01/13

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We're going to turn to good news, perhaps, for flyers. Passengers could be allowed to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing as early as today, as airlines race to enact the new faa rules relaxing the previous restrictions. Abc's david kerley is at reagan national for us this morning. David, good morning. Reporter: Morning, josh. We've been begging to use these more and more in aircraft. And later today, there's a possibility you might be able if the faa says yes. This morning, a race is under way between delta airlines and jetblue. Each of them wants to be the first to offer you the ability to keep your device turned on from departure gate to arrival gate. That happened just hours after the faa said this -- most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices. Reporter: The airlines say, we're ready. And so are passengers who want to use their devices on landings and takeoffs. I do read books. E-mail. At least you can get your e-mail cued up and saved and ready to go. Absolutely. Reporter: Long time coming? Yeah. I think, you know, probably should have been done. It's good they're checking that there's safety and all that. Reporter: There have been some high-profile disputes over devices. Actor alec baldwin, removed from a flight because he refused to stop playing words with friends. Even under the new rules, he still could be booted. The government now says you can use a device, a smartphone, TABLET, eREADERS IN AIRPLANE Mode, gate-to-gate. But no texting. BALDWIN NEEDS TO WATCH HIS Ps AND Qs AND CELL SIGNAL. They say they've done that and have asked the faa to say okay. As we said, the faa could give u.S. Air, possibly delta, maybe jetblue, the okay. We'll see. One more thing. The website says, that only 5% of planes have electrical outlets. So, bring your own juice. Good heads up, david. Learn that. Have a good weekend.

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