Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, the FAA announced new guidelines for using our electronic devices while in flight.
We spoke with people at the airport who are excited about new rules.
Talking or texting is still off limits but soon, the FAA will allow us to use our smart phones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices, in airplane mode, gate to gate.
Kyla Melchizedek is a student who likes to have her laptop or e-reader when she travels.
"I read a lot of books, to keep or pass the time, and I use my computer for my projects, and school things, like today I have a paper due," Melchizedek laughed.
Pilot Chris Rossing said changing the rules was a long time coming.
"Personal electronic devices are part of everybody's daily life now. The airlines are always about safety, they're not about necessarily inconveniencing people, they're about making sure that things are first and foremost safe," Rossing said.
And soon, the FAA will let passengers use their favorite devices, gate to gate.
"I think that the FAA is now satisfied that this is a step that they can allow to help the traveling public travel a little more bearable and a little more enjoyable," Rossing said.
But Chris reminds us flying wasn't always so high-tech.
"If you think back to Wilbur and Orville Wright, when they designed the Wright Flyer, they probably didn't design in a cup holder. With it, they were more focused on doing the actual flying and making sure everything was working safely," Rossing said.
Kyla said she didn't mind the old rules about putting some of her electronic devices away. And she may still disconnect from time to time.
"Sometimes I kind of have to forget the phone, and put it away, just to have a little time by myself," Melchizedek said.
As far as when you can start using your devices in flight is up to each individual airline.
They'll have to prove to the FAA that their planes can handle the interference.
The FAA believes most airlines will be ready to let passengers take out their devices while in flight by the end of the year.
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