FAA Says You May Never Have to Turn Off Your Electronics Again

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, on October 18, 2011.  AFP PHOTO/KEVIN LAMARQUE/POOL (Photo credit should read KEVIN LAMARQUE/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: KEVIN LAMARQUE/2011 AFP

Antiquated air travel rules dictating that all electronics be turned off during takeoffs and landings will likely be loosened soon by the Federal Aviation Administration, meaning that you won't have to stop looking at your beloved screens, ever. While cell-phone calls will, thankfully, remain banned, a report due out at the end of September is expected to recommend that tablets and the like be allowed under 10,000 feet, relaxing rules that have been in place since the sixties, before Candy Crush and Words With Friends were even a twinkle in America's eye. The FAA said it "recognizes consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft," so the airlines will probably figure out a way to charge for it.