You may not have to turn off devices during takeoff and landing by early next year

I’ll admit it. I’m that guy that pretends to turn off my iPad when the plane takes off and lands. So far, I haven’t caused an accident. Sometime early next year, we may not even have to pretend anymore.

The rules on when to turn off electronic devices on airplanes have long been a sour, and sometimes contentious, point for travelers. But faced with a surge of electronics on airplanes and under pressure from a growing number of tech-savvy — and increasingly tech-dependent — passengers, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized that change was inevitable.

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