All that stands in the way between you and playing Candy Crush during takeoff is paperwork and "tolerance tests"— some kind of proof that a plane full of people typing away on their electronic devices won't interfere with plane mechanics. "JetBlue Airways also expects to be among the first airlines to allow greater electronics use because it has a relatively small fleet -- less than 200 aircraft -- and only two types of planes," USA Today reported, noting that most airlines will be changing by the end of the year.
So how silly was that the idea that your modest electronics like a Discman or Palm from back in the day was going to make your plane crash? Well, according to a 28-person committee which has members from airlines, manufacturers, flight attendants, and tech gurus, that ban was bunk. "The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said during his announcement on Thursday. In spite of the FAA loosening up on this gripe, there, fortunately, doesn't seem to be any intention in that the organization will be getting rid of its ban on voice calls.