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FAA gives OK to use electronics from gate to gate

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Passengers on airplanes may soon be able to use their electronic devices from gate to gate, thanks to a new decision from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA says it is ok for passengers to read, work, play games, watch movies, and listen to music during takeoffs and landings, but no cellphone calls will be allowed and planes must meet certain criteria to protect their systems from interference.

Other limitations will include a ban on connecting to the internet and downloading data below 10,000 feet. Laptops and other heavier devices will have to be stowed and passengers will be instructed to change their phones, tablets, and other devices to airplane mode.

Most new planes should meet the criteria, but the change won't be immediate. The airlines will have the final say in implementation.

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