Good news gamers, no longer will a pesky flight attendant keep you from button mashing your way through evolving every damn Pokemon you can find in Pokemon X & Y on your next flight. Heck, you could ever read something on your e-reader now. It's official; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer believes that your airplane-mode enabled gadgets are in danger of taking down an airplane.
"passengers [can] safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year."
While we still won't be able to use cell phones to make calls during flights the antiquated "no electronics during takeoff and landing" rule as been put to bed. Now you can focus of guiding Link through Lorule in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds instead of screaming and clawing at your neighbor when focused entirely on your own mortality during takeoff and landing.
Here is the official press release:
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.
Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones. If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.