FAA panel recommends that there's no need to turn off devices before takeoff

The days of turning off Angry Birds before takeoff and landing on planes may soon be a thing of the past if the FAA acts on the recommendations of a panel investigating flight device protocols.

A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee recommended Thursday that airline passengers be allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, according to industry officials familiar with the committee’s deliberations.

Under the recommendations, passengers would be able to use most devices, although some would have to be switched to airplane mode. Downloading data, surfing the Web and talking on the phone would still be prohibited. But people could still read e-books, listen to music, watch movies, play games and do work.

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