News

FAA changes rules; cell phones, tablets cleared for takeoff

FAA changes rules; cell phones, tablets cleared for takeoff

CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF: A United Airlines jet departs in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The FAA has loosened rules allowing passengers to use electronic devices in flight. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won’t happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.

Connections to the Internet to surf, exchange emails, text or download data will still be prohibited below 10,000 feet.

Heavier devices like laptops will have to be stowed. Passengers will be told to switch their smartphones, tablets and other devices to airplane mode.

And cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

Recent Headlines

7 hours ago in Local

Cornell president: “Deeply disturbed” by sexual assault allegations at frat

Garrett1

President Elizabeth Garrett issued statement Saturday following arrest this week of president of frat at school; said "sexual violence has no place at Cornell"

7 hours ago in Local

Radioactive material found in groundwater below New York nuclear plant

cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says contaminated groundwater was discovered below Indian Point Nuclear Plant outside New York City; he says there is no immediate public health risk

14 hours ago in Entertainment, Sports

You can stream the Super Bowl

superbowl50helmets

This year, CBS will broadcast the game on TV and stream it live on cbssports.com. The network will play the same commercials on TV and on the live stream.

1 day ago in Local

UPDATE: 3 injured in Groton crash Friday afternoon

Tompkins County sheriff

Accident happened after 4 p.m. Friday when driver hit disabled vehicle along Route 38 in Groton

1 day ago in Local

NY lawmaker: NFL should require synthetic marijuana testing

state leg

State Senator Jeff Klein says NFL should screen for drug to protect players