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FAA reviewing rules on e-readers, iPads

March 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration says it's reviewing its longtime ban on allowing flyers to use e-readers or iPads during taxiing, takeoff and landing.

But it could be quite a while before the ban's lifted, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Testing required by the FAA would be time-consuming and costly: Each airline would have to test each e-reader and each iPad model separately on different empty flights -- and that would have to be done for every aircraft in a carrier's fleet.

An FDA spokeswoman told The New York Times the agency would take a "fresh look" at the ban.

But the FAA said in a statement Monday, "As with any regulation, safety is always our top priority, and no changes will be made until we are certain they will not impact safety and security,"

Passengers in South Florida said they welcomed the FDA review of the policy.

The FAA said it's not planning to review its policy on use of smartphones.

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