Rejoice, gizmo addicts. You’ll soon be able to use your precious electronic device from gate to gate, so tap, watch, scroll and listen (and annoy your fellow fliers) all you want. The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s OK
Airlines are jockeying to be the first to let you know the good news.
United Airlines issued a statement that it has "already started work to implement this as safely and quickly as possible, and are excited to offer this new benefit because our customers tell us they want to use their portable electronic devices."
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Southwest told Business Insider
, "We know this is something Customers have wanted for some time now, and we’re excited to soon give them the freedom to use personal devices throughout their flight. While specifics of our amended PED policy have yet to be finalized, we’ll work diligently and quickly to implement a process that allows Customers this added convenience."
Alaska Airlines also got in on the action:
has comments from Delta and JetBlue.
Delta Air Lines spokesman Paul Skrbec said the airline already has performed the required tolerance tests on all of its aircraft and has submitted paperwork to the FAA for its approval.
"All of our aircraft are ready to go," he said. "That could come as early as today for us."
Meanwhile, JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said, “We intend to be the first airline to allow fleet-wide PEDs."
Of course, Toby Ziegler of “The West Wing” would ask what took everyone so long: