The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is likely to allow certain personal electronic devices other than cell phones to be used during take-offs and landing, according to a report by NBC News in late June 2013.
The current FAA regulations require all personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and ebook readers to be switched off at altitudes below 10,000 feet because of interference related safety concerns.
The FAA had formed a government-industry group, called an Aviation Rulemaking Committee, to review the rules regarding the use of personal electronic devices during take-off and landing after facing demands from passenger groups and other parties to lift the ban.
The group, which has asked for a two-month extension, is expected to complete its work by September 2013. Rhe FAA is expected to make a decision on the matter shortly after that.
A recent survey by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) showed that nearly 30 percent of all passengers ignore the instructions for switching-off their devices.