Remember the announcement when flying - to turn off all electronic devices before takeoff!
Looks like that restriction is a thing of the past. In this AA flight we were told that passengers are permitted to use their electronic devices. I was surprised - but complied.
I didn't bother checking further about it until I got thinking about it with this post. Indeed, it turns out that the FAA made the new ruling last October and different airlines started implementing it from Nov 1'st, 2013 onward:
From what I read:
This exemption applies to the use of devices such as cameras, tablets, electronic games and e-readers, from gate to gate, so long as they are in non-transmitting mode or flight mode, including during takeoff and landings.
Cellphones are also considered electronic devices, but once the aircraft is in motion prior to take off, customers aboard aircraft will not be able to make cellular phone calls or send and receive wireless signals.
As to the last restriction on cellphone use - - - there was WiFi in the AA plane - so emails, tweets, etc, can take place for communication. Laptops and devices larger than a tablet, still need to be stowed away during taxi, takeoff and landing.