The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted the longtime restrictions on the usage of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) aboard aircraft. Gone are the days when your tablet, eBook, or smart phone needed to be tucked away for takeoff and landing, only to be returned to your hands when the captain announced you had reached cruising altitude. After reaching out to passengers, pilots, manufacturers and industry leaders, the FAA concluded that commercial aircraft can tolerate any signals put off from PEDs and recommended a change to their current policy. There is one restriction that remains in place, though. If your device receives cellular service, it must be disabled or left in “airplane mode” for the duration of your flight.
Cheers to our American heroes.