3/25/2013 10:17:00 AM

FAA May Relax Rules on Electronics During Takeoff

The tray tables still need to be stowed, your seats in the upright position. But the FAA hopes to announce by the end of 2013 a relaxation in the rules on portable e-readers. According to anonymous sources interviewed by the New York Times, fliers may be allowed to use e-readers during takeoff and landing provided they're switched to airplane mode. The FAA last year created a working group bringing together tech, airline, Federal Communications Commission and aircraft industry leaders to study safety issues and regulations for the full spectrum of electronic devices, including future products like Apple iWatches and Google glasses. The potential relaxation of e-reader rules is the first in what may be a string of new regulations and policy changes to address new technology. What rules would you like to see changed?