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Court tosses lawsuit challenging the use of personal electronics during flights

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The FAA's rule does not reflect 'final action'

An appeals court has overturned a lawsuit challenging the Federal Aviation Administration's 2013 decision to loosen restrictions on the use of personal electronics in-flight. A Washington, DC court said Friday that the FAA had the authority to allow the use of gadgets at various stages during a flight, Ars Technica reports.

The FAA's rule does not reflect "final action"

The lawsuit, Association of Flight Attendants v. Huerta (that's FAA administrator Michael Huerta), argued that the use of personal electronics during flights could pose a danger by distracting passengers from safety announcements or becoming projectiles during turbulence.

In 2013, the FAA made the official decision to allow the use of electronic devices during most phases of a flight. By 2014, around 96 percent of US commercial plane passengers were allowed to use small electronics during takeoff and landing, the AP reports.

The appeals court determined that because the FAA's rule is non-binding and does not reflect "final action," the court has "no jurisdiction to consider AFA's challenge."