The flight attendant request of “Please turn off all electronic devices” is soon going to be a thing of the past thanks to new guidelines that will allow their usage through all stages of the flight. Hooray!
“Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones.
“If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.”
The one caveat: Each airline must conduct and submit testing confirming that electronic devices won’t create interference with they’re used in-flight.
But assuming many of these airlines have already conducted the testing, there’s a chance you could be Candy Crushing your days away without being hassled by the man sooner than you realize.