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Published on June 28th, 2013 | by Alyssa Daniells

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Ban on Gadget Use in Air Could Take Off

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) may loosen its firm ban on the use of laptops and tablets during airplane takeoffs and landings.

The agency issued a statement that its decision would be announced in September, which is later than originally expected, as it required more to assess the proposed revisions.

If approved, the ban lift would affect thousands of Canadians who fly US skies daily; more if Transport Canada follows suit.

While passengers may soon be permitted to read, play games, listen to music and watch films on their personal devices, cell phone calls and Internet will likely remain restricted. So for those wishing to channel their inner Alec Baldwin (who captured media attention when he refused to end his in-flight cell phone conversation), you may want to reconsider!

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Alyssa Daniells incorporates her two enduring passions, writing and travel, in her role as copywriter for Flight Centre.



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