Too busy playing 'Angry Birds' to power down your device when the aircraft door closes? Annoyed by powering down and rebooting your devices prior to take-off and landing? Air travel just got a little easier today as the US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration announced today it will relax its policy for allowing small electronic devices, providing airlines with policy guidelines.
Airlines will begin to implement this policy, but there may be a bit of a lag between when you are finally able to use your devices in airplane mode. Changes may take place as early as Friday with JetBlue and Delta, however other airlines are unsure when they will give the green light.
Note that heavier devices such as laptops will need to be stowed beneath the seat or in an overhead bin during take-off and landing. Also, placing phone calls will be prohibited and cellphones must remain in airplane mode. Be sure to ration battery life so you have enough power upon arrival to make calls or send important messages. Battery packs such as the Juice Pack by Morphie are helpful for extending entertainment for long flights.
Reminder, always follow crew instructions and power down if advised to prevent any issues. Also, safety videos may take weeks or months to reproduce with the new message. Finally, no matter how often you fly, take the time to listen to the safety briefing because it may just save your life in the event of an emergency.