FCC Head Asks FAA To Loosen E-Reader Rules

Ever wonder why you have to turn off your e-reader or tablet before a plane takes off and lands? The Hill newspaper obtained a letter written by the head of the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Aviation Administration. Julius Genachowski has asked for the FAA to loosen the rules on those devices.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business takes us to the moment on a flight when you hear...

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We'll be taxiing soon. Please turn off your electronic devices. Anything that has an on-off switch, turn it off.

MONTAGNE: And if the device you happen to be holding is an e-reader, like a Kindle, you may be wondering why, why do I turn it off?

GREENE: Why? Well, the Hill newspaper obtained a letter written by the head of the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Aviation Administration. Julius Genachowski has asked for the FAA to allow wider use of tablets and e-readers.

MONTAGNE: Right now, though, it's all up in the air.

GREENE: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

MONTAGNE: I'm Renee Montagne.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene.

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