Nightly News   |  September 23, 2013

Which electronic devices will be allowed in flight?

The FAA is expected to ease rules on electronic devices that passengers are allowed to use in the air. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>>> for all of us who fly. specifically what devices we might be allowed to use or at least leave on in case where is we can't right now. we are about to hear from an f.a.a. advisory panel. tom costello follows aif uh united natio -- aviation for us. he's at re gan national outside d.c. tonight. tom, good evening.

>> reporter: hi, brian. this f.a.a. advisory panel is looking at whether it is safe to use laptops tablets, e-read ers, cell phones below 10,000 feet. there are handfuls of reports from pilots that say they thought individual devices interfere bud it's never been tied to any aviation mishap. so the f.a.a. is preparing to recommend that airlines allow a select number of devices to remain on during takeoff and landing. they would allow e-readers, video players or ipod-type devices for listening to music. but no using wifi below 10,000 feet and no using cell phones or anything that can transmit or send text messages. your phone or tablet will need to be in airplane mode. the f.a.a. re mains concerned that some communication and navigation equipment could be vulnerable. a final decision expected soon. probably would not be implemented by the airlines until next year. brian.

>> every little bit counts. tom costello in d.c. for us tonight. tom, thanks.