FAA to Mull Looser Rules for Phones on Planes

Passengers might start having more fun under 10,000 feet

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A British Airways airplane comes in to land at Heathrow Airport in west London July 30, 2010.

The Federal Aviation Administration will consider a recommendation next week to allow passengers to use smartphones, e-readers, tablets, and other electronics during takeoff and landing, the Associated Press reports.

Currently, passengers must turn off electronic devices when the plane is flying lower 10,000 feet, but a 28-member advisory committee voted to recommend the change Thursday. The FAA will receive and consider the recommendation Monday.

Although devices would have to be turned on airplane mode — prohibiting texting, calling, and browsing the Internet — passengers would be able read, watch preloaded movies, and listen to music.