U.S. to allow expanded electronic device use on flights

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal AviationAdministration (FAA) said on Thursday it will allow airlines toexpand the use of portable electronic devices in flight.

The agency said it is immediately providing airlines withguidance for implementation, the time frame for which isexpected to vary among carriers.

"Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, playgames, and watch videos on their devices during all phases offlight, with very limited exceptions," the FAA said.

The move would still prevent use of mobile phones for voicecommunications on flight. That issue is under the jurisdictionof the Federal Communications Commission.

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