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March 26, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Will you get to keep reading your Kindle or iPad while the plane lands? Please stand by

If you’re a Kindle-holic like my lovely wife, or you like to read the news on an iPad, you know the frustration of having a great book or a hot news story interrupted whenever your plane is taking off or landing.

Your Kindle reading on airliners might soon go uninterrupted, with an anticipated policy change. (image courtesy of Amazon)

Your Kindle reading on airliners might soon go uninterrupted, with an anticipated policy change. (image courtesy of Amazon)

“It’s time to power down all electronic devices,” comes the gratingly cheery voice over the intercom, just when you’re about to find out who killed Professor Plum with the candlestick in the ballroom. (Or who shot a cop while robbing a local bank, for that matter.)

That could change within a year. The good news: They’re not talking about lifting the ban on cellphone chatter on planes, in case you saw the recent story about how second-hand cellphone conversations really are toxic.

But you might get to continue reading uninterrupted. Here’s a good New York Times story that examines the issue of electronic devices on planes.

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