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Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration gave airlines the green-light to allow passengers to use devices such as tablets during all phases of flight. So that means no more turning off your iPad during takeoff.

Now it’s just up to each individual airline to change their respective rules, and the good news is most of them seem to be onboard. American Airlines already announced its support, and now US Airways and Alaska Airlines are in…

Here’s the press release from US Airways (via iClarified):

“Beginning today US Airways customers can now use certain portable electronic devices (PEDs), including e-books, tablets and smartphones, during taxi, takeoff and landing while in “airplane mode” – a departure from the previous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restriction on use below 10,000 feet. Customers on US Airways domestic mainline flights will now be permitted to use small PEDs during all phases of flight.”

And here’s the announcement from Alaska Airlines:

“Passengers on Alaska Airlines flights can begin enjoying the use of their tablets, book readers, games and other personal electronic devices from gate to gate starting Saturday morning. Passengers on Alaska Airlines flights operated by Horizon Air are expected to be able to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flight next week and on flights operated by SkyWest Airlines soon after, pending FAA approval”

Of course, there are some stipulations. For one, cellular devices must still be put into ‘airplane’ mode during flights. And laptops and other devices over 2 lbs must still be put away during takeoff and landing due to safety concerns.

The good news, though, is that passengers on participating airlines can now enjoy their tablets, smartphones, and any other proper device throughout the entirety of their flights, without being asked to turn them off or put them away.

In addition to the 3 aforementioned airlines, Delta has also approved the use of devices below 10,000 feet, as has United Airlines, JetBlue and others. If you don’t see your airline listed here, you’ll obviously want to check ahead first.

  • Tyler

    Sweet

  • iPhone Gruru

    The thing that would make this awesome is if each seat came with a USB slot to charge your iPad while in flight

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Would a USB slot on its own be powerful enough to charge an iPad since my computers isn’t. Or is this just to do with my power supply?

    • CryptoCoin420

      I flew on American Airlines a few weeks ago, and right below my seat were two 120 VAC plug ins, I was amazed! It was a newer plane, but still awesome!

      • Yunsar

        Was this economy class? Because business usually has it. Also, there are plugs in the toilet for some reason

    • Andrew Lee

      there is a USB point on each seat on the B777-300.

  • Phil Gamboa

    I remember running around Dallas Love Airport looking/fighting for an outlet to recharge. Now… All their seats at gates have USB Ports and outlets! Pleasantly surprised.

  • JO-JO-YO

    Typo on the 3rd sentence.

  • sharp44MAG .

    Does anyone know if Southwest changed their polices yet?

  • Yunsar

    Now it’s jus tup? Or just up?

  • @sexyhamthing

    I found today that on the iphone photos app you can pinch out photos to go back to the gridview….. fun fact!

    • Abdl

      Just finding out today? Good for you

  • And will this happen in Europe?