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Two more airlines cleared for gadgets

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared two more airlines for allowing passengers to keep their electronic devices on during the entire lengths of flights.

U.S. Airways and United Airlines have been granted permission to expand in-flight electronic use, making them the fourth and fifth major airlines to receive the OK since the FAA relaxed its rules last week.

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Markey: FAA drone plan 'falls far short'

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan for protecting the privacy of Americans with increased drone use “falls far short” of what is necessary.

The FAA released a “roadmap” for its consideration of increasing the use of non-military drones on Thursday that the agency said included privacy protections for sites that will be selected to conduct testing of the devices.

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FAA chief: Drones ‘inherently different’

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Michael Huerta said on Thursday that drones were “inherently different” to fly than commercial airplanes.

Speaking to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Huerta said the FAA’s consideration of increasing the use of non-military drones was not as simple as clearing them to fly in the same way the agency approves airplanes.

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FAA releases drone ‘roadmap’

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its first “roadmap” for commercial drones on Thursday, outlining its plans for testing the possibility of integrating unmanned aircraft into the national aviation system.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the outline unveiled the difficulties that will be faced in boosting the use of non-military drones alongside commercial airplanes.

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FAA chief to discuss drones

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Michael Huerta is scheduled to discuss the impact of drone use on commercial flights this week.

Huerta will appear at the Aerospace Industries Association's forum on "unnamed aircraft systems," or drones, on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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American gets cleared for expanded in-flight gadget use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved American Airlines for expanded in-flight electronic use, making American the third major U.S. airline to be able to allow passengers to keep their devices on.

The FAA announced last week that it was clearing the way for airlines to allow their passengers to keep their electronics on from "gate to gate," but airlines had to prove first that their airplane fleets were able to operate safety with the devices.

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Sen. Markey files bill to protect privacy in commercial drone use

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has filed a bill to require the Federal Aviation Administration to insert privacy protections in its examination into the possibility of allowing drones to be flown in commercial airspace.

The FAA has been studying the possibility of allowing non-military uses of drones, which has been sought by police departments and other legal officials.

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Kindles discounted to mark FAA rules

Amazon is offering a 15 percent discount on its Kindle electronic readers to celebrate the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) to allow passengers to keep their electronics on longer during flights.

The FAA said last week that it was clearing the way for airlines to allow passengers to use iPads, tablets and e-readers from "gate to gate," in airplane mode.

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