The FAA is lifting its ban on the use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings.
Individual airlines will have to do some additional interference testing, then it will be up to them to decide when or if electronic devices still need to be turned off.
During takeoffs and landings, passengers should be able to read e-books or play games and watch movies on tablets, but phone calls are still off limits.
An advisory panel recommended the changes last month, but this announcement was delayed because one third of the FAA's staff was furloughed during partial government shutdown.
Some airlines could start to implement the changes before nthe busy Christmas travel season.