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Easing the rules on electronics onboard flights


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into changing the rules about when you can use your tablets, laptops or cell phones on flights.  

Using personal electronic devices below 10,000 feet is banned on most airlines because of the chance their signals could interfere with the plane's systems.

Flight attendants say it's a matter of getting your attention during the most sensitive part of the flight.

The National Association of Airline Passengers agrees.

"We want to make sure that, if there is a situation that passengers need to hear and understand, that they will be able to do so," says Veda Shook of the Association of Flight Attendants.

"We do not as passengers want to do anything that will interfere or distract the pilots at this critical time of the flight," says Douglas Kidd of the National Association of Airline Passengers

The FCC has urged the FAA to allow greater use of tablets, e-readers and other portable electronic devices.

An FAA committee will report its recommendations this summer.

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