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FAA to consider relaxing rules on electronics during flight

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The Federal Aviation Administration could soon change its rules on the use of some electronics during takeoff and landing.

This week, a government advisory panel is expected to recommend a change in the rules. Those rules date back to the 1960s, long before Americans became obsessed with computerized gadgets.

CBS Transportation Safety Analyst Mark Rosenker says he fully expects the FAA to lift the ban on computer games, e-book readers, DVD players and many other electronics during takeoff and landing.

"They really only have anecdotal evidence in any way, shape or form that it somewhat interfered with the aircraft performance," said Rosenker. "They could never prove anything like that."

Talking on cell phones would likely remain off limits. Phones have a greater potential for interference, said Rosenker, because they send out strong enough signals to be received at great distance.

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