TRAVEL NEWS: FAA to Relax Rules for Gadgets in Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types of personal electronic devices at low altitudes, according to industry officials and draft recommendations prepared by a high-level advisory panel to the agency.

For passengers, the new rules would likely mean an end to familiar admonitions to turn off and stow all electronic devices. Cellphone calls are expected to remain off limits.

The draft report reflects a consensus that the existing rules, essentially unchanged since the 1960s, have been overtaken by dramatic changes in technology and passenger expectations.