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.