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Delta submits plan to allow use of devices below 10,000 feet

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines submitted its plan to the FAA Thursday to allow the use of portable electronic devices during an entire flight as early as Nov. 1.

The submission comes on the same day the FAA approved use of "PED's" for complete flights as long as airlines submit specific plans verifying their planes could handle the devices during takeoff and landings.

If approved, passengers traveling on some Delta planes would be able to use devices such as e-readers, tablets and smartphones - all in airplane mode - during taxi, takeoff and landing on domestic flights.

Currently, the use of these devices are only allowed when planes are above 10,000 feet.

Delta says 570 of its mainline aircraft are ready for device usage during the entire flight. The airline says 550 of its regional aircraft will be ready by the end the year.

Wi-Fi on Delta flights will still only be allowed above 10,000 feet.

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