FAA Advisory Panel Recommends Reducing Restrictions on Portable Electronic Devices

An advisory panel has released their recommendation to the FAA to allow airline passengers to use their portable electronic devices (PEDs) to read, play games , watch movies or listen to music while planes are on the ground or flying below 10,000 feet.

The panel had scheduled a meeting for early September to finalize their recommendation and present their recommendations to the FAA. 

Restrictions on sending text messages, browsing the web or checking e-mail after the plane’s doors have been close will remain, but passengers can utilize the aircraft’s Wi-Fi network once it’s turned on, typically above 10,000 feet. The use of cellphones to make voice calls is still prohibited on flights.


The panel provided a roadmap to changing the policy, but the FAA administrator, Michael P. Huerta will decide whether and when to do so.

Read more about the potential changes coming to your new flight.