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FAA says you can use electronic devices on planes: What you need to know

The FAA announced a change to flight safety rules that would allow passengers to use their electronic devices on planes from gate to gate. The rules still would prohibit making calls or using the Internet below 10,000 feet. (In this file photo, guests try out the wireless connection to the Internet on their laptops onboard US aerospace giant Boeing's latest aircraft 'Connexion', which allows passengers to connect on the Internet wireless while flying.)
The FAA announced a change to flight safety rules that would allow passengers to use their electronic devices on planes from gate to gate. The rules still would prohibit making calls or using the Internet below 10,000 feet. (In this file photo, guests try out the wireless connection to the Internet on their laptops onboard US aerospace giant Boeing's latest aircraft 'Connexion', which allows passengers to connect on the Internet wireless while flying.)
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Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines can allow passengers to use the devices during takeoffs and landings on planes that meet certain criteria for protecting aircraft systems from electronic interference.

Most new airliners are expected to meet the criteria, but changes won't happen immediately. Timing will depend upon the airline.

Cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

What you should know about the changes