The image of stewards and stewardesses patrolling the aisles of an aircraft like zealous Amish converts, telling you to switch off all electronic equipment might soon be a thing of the past, thank God.
At least in the US, that is.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, are contemplating lifting the ban on using electronic equipment during take off and landing. The ban, known as an irritant to most flyers, has been in place because airlines have suspected electronic equipment of causing malfunctions in cockpit instruments. However, this has never been proved.