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Airline passengers may get a break on PED use

FAA looks for ways to ease safety testing of airline passengers' personal electronic devices By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is "exploring ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved" to discuss whether there are practical ways to test devices to see if they are safe for passengers to use during critical phases of flight.

Technically, FAA rules already permit any airline to test specific models to determine if they generate enough power that they could interfere with sensitive cockpit radios, navigation instruments and other critical equipment. Few airlines have done that because there are so many devices that testing them all ' or even many ' isn't practical.




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