Under the recommendations, passengers would be able to use most devices, although some would have to be switched to airplane mode. Downloading data, surfing the Web and talking on the phone would still be prohibited. But people could still read e-books, listen to music, watch movies, play games and do work.
The 28-member panel agreed on the recommendations during a closed- door meeting, the officials said. The recommendations will be included in a report to the
Passengers are required to turn off phones and other electronic devices while planes are under 10,000 feet in altitude to prevent interference with sensitive cockpit equipment. But new planes are equipped to prevent electronic interference, and critics have long complained the safety concerns behind the regulations are groundless.
"We've been fighting for our customers on this issue for years - testing an airplane packed full of Kindles, working with the
It's up to
Airline passengers could see restrictions lifted as soon as early 2014 if the agency chooses a faster implementation track.