FAA may change policy on using electronic devices

This Feb. 23, 2011 file photo shows United Airlines planes taxing at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The government is moving toward easing restrictions on the use of electronic devices by airline passengers during taxiing, takeoffs and landings. An industry-labor advisory committee was expected to make recommendations next month to the Federal Aviation Administration on easing the restrictions, but the FAA said Friday that deadline has been extended to September. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

September 23, 2013 6:52:32 PM PDT
The rules on when to turn off electronic devices on airplanes may soon be changing.

An advisory panel with the Federal Aviation Administration is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday behind closed doors to come up a plan.

According to the New York Times, the committee is expected to allow reading e-books, listening to podcasts, and watching videos during takeoffs and landings.

The ban on sending emails, text messages, and using Wi-Fi is expected to remain in place.

The panel is expected to recommend the new policy by the end of the month and it will most likely go into effect next year.