The Federal Aviation Administration may soon allow passengers to use some electronic devices on takeoff and landing, according to the New York Times.
People close to the industry group set up to review FAA electronic policies told the Times that the agency hopes to make an announcement about relaxing rules for reading devices like iPads and Amazon Kindles by the end of the year.
Rather than turning their devices off, passengers would be asked to put them on airplane mode. Rules on use of cellphones would not change.
A member of the industry group and an FAA official said the agency has been under pressure to allow passengers to use these types of devices on planes, or provide solid evidence about why it can t.
Public pressure prompted the FAA set up a group to review its policies last year. The group convened in January, but its findings aren t expected to be made public until the end of July.