The Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices to play games, read or listen to music during takeoffs and landings of commercial planes.
But federal officials have not lifted restrictions on making cellphone calls from a plane.
Before the changes take effect, the new rules announced Thursday in Washington require airlines to prove that using electronic devices such as electronic readers and tablets on “airplane mode” is safe for their aircraft.
Larger devices, such as laptops, must be stowed during takeoffs and landings to keep them from flying around the cabin during turbulence.
Industry officials warn that the policy, once adopted, could vary from airline to airline. The FAA predicted that most airlines will allow the use of electronic devices by the end of the year.