FAA made an announcement on Thursday that electronic devices no longer need to be turned off during taxi, take off and landing. Cell phones still need to be turned off, however. You can read more about this on CNN’s website here.
Until now, the FAA has required that all the devices must be off until the plane has risen above 10,000 feet.
It is now up to the airlines to prove FAA that they planes are capable of tolerating the interference from these devices.
Had these devices really caused interference with the plane controls, there should have been crashes due to it. How may times have we all forgotten to turn something off and have realized it later?