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F.A.A. Nears New Rules on Devices

September 23, 2013

As the use of technology continues to expand rapidly around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for airlines to effectively enforce the policy requiring passengers to turn off their electronic devices in flight. Consumer frustration is on the rise and change could be coming soon. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is meeting this week to complete its recommendations to relax most of the restrictions on electronic devices on planes. The panel plans to recommend its new policy to the F.A.A. by the end of September. It is expected that the changes will go into effect next year.

According to the New York Times, "the new guidelines are expected to allow reading e-books or other publications, listening to podcasts, and watching videos, according to several of the panel’s members who requested anonymity because they could not comment on the recommendations." 

Turning off electronic devices on airplanes can be difficult for individuals on the spectrum who are often very attached to or even in need of these communication tools and gadgets. on Saturday, September 21, Autism Speaks hosted an event at JFK Airport where families were able to practice the air travel experience, including turning off their devices. Learn more here!