Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Passengers on airplanes will soon be able to read e-books, watch videos and play games on their phones after an announcement from the FAA.
The FAA announced Thursday that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices during all phases of flight.
Each airline will implement the new rules individually, so you won't be able to use devices right away.
The FAA says PEDs will have to remain in airplane mode or have cellular service disabled. Passengers will not be able to use devices such as a cell phone for calls because of FCC regulations prohibiting any airborne voice communications using cell phones.
The announcement means passengers will be able to use devices such as tablets, smart phones and mp3 players for reading, listening to music and entertainment purposes.
The FAA says it is providing airlines with guidelines to help implement the changes and expects airlines to allow passengers to use their devices “gate-to-gate” by the end of the year.
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the FAA says implementing the use of PEDs will vary among airlines.
To read the full report from the FAA, click here