JetBlue Airways was the first American airline to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) gate to gate, wasting no time to implement the new policy
Following FAA approval on 1 November 2013, passengers flying on JetBlue Airways flight 3201 from New York City's JFK to Buffalo International Airport were allowed to start using their PEDs at the gate.
Passengers on other JetBlue flights were also soon following suit.
Before the new policy went into effect, airline passengers could not use electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Now they can us smaller PEDs.
Laptops, however, must stilled be stowed under seats or in overhead luggage compartments because of safety concerns during landing and takeoff.
"I'd like to thank the FAA and especially Administrator Michael Huerta for their adoption of the committee's recommendations and for moving very quickly to allow us to make this enhancement available to all JetBlue customers starting today," says JetBlue President and CEO Dave Barger.