About time, hey.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday cleared gadgets for takeoff by saying they will be allowed to be used in “airplane mode” during all phases of flight “very soon,” according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The FAA is immediately issuing guidance to airlines on how to implement the change, which will vary among airlines.
The “very soon” bit tempers my enthusiasm, though.
The article doesn’t specifically mention MP3 players, because you’ll still need your ears available to soak in the preflight safety demo.
Air Canada allows earbuds during takeoff and landing, as long as they’re plugged into the in-flight entertainment system. I still haven’t gotten an explanation as to why it’s earbuds only.