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News Summary: FAA weighs electronic-device limits

The Associated Press

STEP CLOSER: Federal regulators are closer to letting airline passengers use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic gadgets during takeoffs and landings.

COMMITTEE VOTE: The 28-member FAA advisory committee voted to recommend the change during a closed-door meeting, said industry officials familiar with the deliberations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the government asked them not to talk publicly about their deliberations.

FINAL SAY: The recommendation will be sent Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration, which has final say on whether to ease current restrictions on the use of personal electronic devices on planes. Downloading data, surfing the Web and talking on the phone would remain prohibited.