The Federal Aviation Administration is dropping its ban on the use of some portable electronic devices in flight.
"I am pleased to announce that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during all phases of flight," FAA head Michael Huerta said today.
Huerta said that it's immediately providing airlines with guidance for the changes based on recommendations made by an advisory panel.
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with some exceptions. But they still won't be able to make calls or connect to the Internet while planes are taking off or landing.