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Travelers may soon be able to keep their portable devices powered on while flying. Jared Newman of PC World reports:

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has written a letter urging the Federal Aviation Administration to change its rules. The FAA is reviewing its long-held policy against the use of electronics during takeoff and landing, and Genachowski said he supports that process.

Interesting sidenote from the story: Pilots for American Airlines are already using iPads instead of printed out flight manuals.