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FAA expected to relax gadget rules on planes

Ben Popken, NBC News

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A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is meeting this week and is expected to relax restrictions on in-flight device use as early as next year, The New York Times reported.

Passengers will be allowed to use e-books, tablets and other publications—along with previously downloaded podcasts and movies—under the new guidelines expected to be released by the end of the month.

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All forms of communication will still be banned, including phone calls, email and passengers using their own Wi-Fi.

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