FAA May Expand Electronic Device Use Guidelines

You may soon be able to use tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing.
1:50 | 10/31/13

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Now, to the flying regulations that mean you have to turn off electronic devices from your phone to your tablet. Just before takeoff and landing. Well, all indications this morning that the government is about to set new guidelines that could allow you to use them during landing and takeoff. Abc's david kerley has the story. Reporter: This morning, this message -- turn off and put away all electronic devices. Reporter: -- Could be changing dramatically. The faa looks poised to allow the expanded use of devices during takeoff and landing. Something that passengers have been calling for. All the signs are good that you're going to be able to sit back in your seat, on your airplane, and use your electronic devices. Reporter: Sources tell abc news, an advisory panel suggested to the faa, risks and solutions for our devices. That will most likely allow the use of e-readers, dvd players and game consoles. But you will not be able to make a phone call or text. No transmitting during landing and takeoff. Why no calls? I brought five different devices here. Okay. Reporter: We went to boeing, which is learned on this lab and a plane packed with potatoes, that the cell signals -- it really fights. -- Can interrupt radio or navigation systems. The device can contribute to an incident on an airplane. Because you cause interference into a system doesn't necessarily mean that bad things can happen. But you increase the risk, the probability, that things could happen. Reporter: All this was delayed by the government shutdown. The faa administrator expected to tell us what devices and when we might be able to use them on aircraft. And depending on what he says, george, there could be some pushback from the flight attendants. We'll learn later today. David, thanks very much.

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