All of us are familiar with the requirement to turn off all electronic devices for take off. Not only is it annoying for passengers, but doubly so for the flight attendants that have to enforce this silly rule. On my EgyptAir flight almost two years ago, electronics were allowed throughout the flight. Today the FAA announced that their electronic device policy is changing to something similar.
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions.
They will permit greater use of electronic devices from take off to landing as long as cellular devices are in “airplane mode”. Passengers can use hand-held devices such as e-readers, tablets and smartphones. But changes to this policy will not happen immediately, it will vary by airline on their specific policies and timeline.