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editorial | ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN FLIGHT

Please stow unneeded rules

Twice during a flight — first before takeoff, and then again before landing — come the dreaded words: “Please turn off your electronic devices.” Passengers must then stow away their tablets, e-readers, laptops — “anything with an on-off switch.”

This shutdown ritual has been the law for years. But with electronic use now embedded in travelers’ ways of life — it’s how many prefer to work and read — federal regulators must finally find ways to let passengers use their devices for the entirety of a flight.

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