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FAA Eases Restrictions on Electronics Onboard

Airline passengers will soon be able to use electronics from gate to gate.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that airline passengers will soon be able to use electronic devices on most comemrical flights.

A study by aviation experts found that most commercial planes can handle signal interference from electronics above and below 10,000 feet in the air.

Passengers will be able to use tablets, laptops, e-readers and cellphones as long as they're in airplane mode and not used to make calls.

According to the FAA, each airline will decide how and when the new regulations will be implemented, provided they prove to the FAA that their planes can do so safely.

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