Hate turning off your electronic devices on a plane before take off? Well, don't get too excited just yet, but the annoying FAA regulation that requires you to do just that could soon be overturned. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it's forming a committee to reevaluate the rule, which states that all personal electronic devices must be turned off until the plane reaches an altitude of at least 10,000 feet.
The rule was first enacted in 1966 to protect against the possibility that radio waves from electronic devices could interfere with a plane's navigation systems. In its review of the policy, the FAA will seek comment from aircraft operators to determine whether personal electronics can be used during all phases of a flight "while maintaining the highest levels of safety to passengers and aircraft.â€ť
The committee could reach a ruling on the matter as early as next March.
[via Venture Beat]