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We finally, officially, won’t have to power off during takeoff and landing

Just in time for the winter holidays, we’ll now finally be able to use our gadgets during takeoff and landing.

On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration—following the approval of its advisory panel and nearly a year of pressure from a United States senator—announced that "passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books, and magazines must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll."

In other words, your device can’t be in your lap or on a tray table—you gotta keep your paws on it.

“We believe today’s decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumer’s increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flights,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future.”

So when can I start listening to my podcasts uninterrupted? It might still be a little while:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who has lead the charge on this issue, is now turning her attention to make sure that this new policy gets implemented as soon as possible.

“I held the FAA’s feet to the fire to move quickly and responsibly and it has now delivered,” McCaskill said in a statement sent to Ars. “I expect the airlines, as key partner stakeholders who helped produce the recommendations to relax current restrictions, to move quickly so that Americans flying for the holidays no longer face restrictions that make no sense.”

Ars is currently contacting a number of US-based airlines to find out their planned policy changes.

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