US carriers are expected to let passengers use smartphones, tablets, and e-book readers from gate to gate by the end of the year.
Internet connections for email, web surfing, and downloading will be prohibited below 10,000 feet.
Cellular voice calls will remain banned because of the possibility of radio interference with flight equipment.
The changes to US regulations mean passengers will be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos for the duration of domestic and international flights.
Airlines will need to perform safety checks before changing their current policies on device use.
Mobile phone calls remain barred under
Carriers must show the
US airline Delta said it had submitted a plan to the regulator, and expected to let customers on domestic flights use personal electronic devices as early as 1 November.
The change is likely to boost the use of gadgets such as
"Most commercial airlines can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices," FAA Administrator
Passengers will be able to connect with an airline's WiFi network and can use Bluetooth accessories, such as wireless mouse and headphones. A big winner from the change could be
The relaxation of rules for US carriers may have a knock-on effect for
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