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FAA Eyes Relaxing Rules On Electronic Equipment

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DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) – Turning off your smartphone or digital audio player can be a hassle for air travelers, but now the federal government is asking if that’s really necessary.

Just ask Morgan Duke, who landed at DFW International Airport, and he’ll tell you he wishes he could look at something else besides the clouds when he’s in mid-flight.

“It would be nice not to stop business, stop my entire life because I’m 30,000 feet in the air,” Duke said.

But aviation expert Denny Kelly said it’s been long believed that electronic gadgets in the air – transmitting signals to the ground – could interfere with the plane’s instruments.

“What they’re afraid of is they would get a false reading from one of the navigation instruments,” Kelly said. “The chances are about 95 percent there’s not a problem. But what about that five percent?”

Now, the Secretary of Transportation wants the Federal Aviation Administration to see if electronic gadgets are safe.

Kelly said one issue that the FAA would have to look at is how to constantly monitor the latest software and technology updates.

“To me, unless you can prove constantly 100 percent of the time and every device that comes out that there’s no chance whatsoever,  you can’t use it – period,” he said.

With life as hectic as it is, Miriam Beuriekjian offered some advice.

“Go on a plane.  Enjoy it.  Read a book.”

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