Airline passengers soon will be able to use portable electronic devices such as readers and games during takeoffs, landings and throughout flights, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday.
Before the new rule takes effect, airlines must demonstrate that aircraft won’t be at risk because of potential interference from portable electronic devices.
That is expected to take place quickly, and the devices will be approved for use by the end of the year in most of the nation’s airline fleet.
Connecting to the Internet remains prohibited when the plane is less than 10,000 feet in the air. Voice calls also are banned during the entire flight, under a Federal Communications Commission rule.
Passengers should continue to follow all instructions from flight crews regarding the use of the devices, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.