(Washington, DC) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is dropping its ban on the use of some portable electronic devices in flight.
FAA head Michael Huerta said today that it's immediately providing airlines with guidance for the changes based on recommendations made by an advisory panel. Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos with some exceptions. But they still won't be able to make calls or connect to the Internet while planes are taking off or landing.
FAA head Michael Huerta says an advisory panel determined that most commerical airlplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices.
Huerta says there's no change to the ban on the use of cellphones.