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Electronic Devices on a Plane

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Pretty soon, airplane passengers will no longer be asked to turn off their phones, iPods, or tablets by flight attendants before take off.

 The Federal Aviation Administration says airlines will now allow passengers to use portable electronic devices throughout the entire flight. And, travelers are excited about it.

"It's a pain to be on a plane, so having some music on is nice and helps you kill time," says Robert Castorena, traveler.

"Makes the trip go by quicker," says Marshall Kirk, traveler.

The FAA did release a statement saying that most likely by the end year passengers will be able to safely use their tablets, iPods, or smart phones on airplane mode all the way from when they board to when they land.

 "I think it's good, you don't really have a lot to do on a plane so the ability to use your phone helps you get in touch with people, to have something to do on the plane," says Castorena.

Listening to music, playing games, and using the internet will be allowed, but talking on your phone will still be prohibited. Studies by aviation experts say it's safe to use your device from gate to gate. Robert Castorena thanks once the policy goes into effect on airlines, life will be a little easier for flight attendants.

 "Flight attendants have a lot to take care of up there, so everyone can calm down with their music with their phones, it will help solve some problems I think," says Castorena.

Delta Airlines and Jet Blue are already on board, saying they will allow the use of portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet as soon as it becomes official.

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