"Most commercial airlines can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices,"
"It's safe to read downloaded materials, like e-books, calendars and to play games."
These activities are expected to be permitted during all phases of flight, including takeoff and landing, on the majority of US flights, he said.
Inflight cellphone talking was not approved, Huerta said, noting that this continued to be governed by the
However, passengers could connect with an airline's wi-fi network and use Bluetooth accessories, such as a wireless mouse and headphones.
As a practical matter, cellphones should be kept in airline mode during flight, he said. Without this setting, cellphones would continue to search vainly for a signal while aloft, draining batteries.
Huerta said the guidance applied to US airlines throughout their domestic and international routes. The next step was for airlines to submit plans for implementation after testing to make sure aircraft couldtolerate this kind of radio interference.
Within an hour of Huerta's announcement,
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