JOPLIN, MO.--- The Federal Aviation Administration has some new guidelines pertaining to electronics. Today, the FAA announced they were expanding the use of electronic devices that can be used during flight. E-readers, tablets, and smartphones are now being added to the list of electronics which can be utilized during a flight's take-off and landing. The Federal Aviation Administration's current rules do not allow passengers to use any type of electronic devices during take-off or landing.
"At this point in time, that's still prohibited, that's still not allowed," said Steve Stockam, Airport Manager.
A new FAA report recommends that airlines expand the types of devices which can be used during the flight time, saying they would pose no threat to the traveling public.
"As I said, you can use your cell phone to play a game or watch a video or anything, as long as it's not connected to an internet connection or something outside the aircraft," said Stockam.
Passengers seem ready to embrace the new guidelines.
"I do a lot of reading and so I'm looking to reading any chance I get. So, yes I probably will," said Darlene, Passenger.
The announcement of this new guideline has us wondering how flight attendants will be able to recognize and monitor which passengers are just playing a game and which passengers are texting or emailing.
"I don't have any idea. I'm sure each airline will set forth their rules on how they're going to do that. And obviously, that's totally up to them. I think it's going to be difficult to monitor," said Stockam.
The new guidelines expanding the use of portable electronic devices will not go into effect overnight. The process will vary among the different airlines. The FAA expects many airlines will comply by the end of 2013. Once the changes take affect, those looking to use electronic devices during a flight should check their airlines for specific guidelines.
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