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New electronic rules for flights

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There are some new rules for airline passengers. The FAA says passengers can now keep cell phones and tablets on during takeoff and landing.

But, at least for now, travelers in central Wisconsin will have to follow the old rules.

Fresh off a flight into Mosinee, Bill Smith knows what other passengers do with their time.

"In this day and age, everybody's fiddling around with their iPads and iPhones and mini pads and computer laptops and everything," said Smith.

But that entertainment has always been interrupted at the beginning and end of flights.

"They made an announcement and said they had not yet approved of them being on so we had to turn them off," said Martha Bollich, who also arrived in Mosinee from Idaho.

Last week, the FAA announced passengers can use Portable Electronic Devices during the entire flight. It is up to airlines to implement the new policy. Delta was one of the first to get on board. But only the airline's mainline domestic aircraft are ready for this change. That means some travelers arriving at CWA on Delta Connection's regional aircraft will still have to power off their electronic devices for now.

For many passengers, the progress is music to their ears.

"When they tell you to power down all electronics, I'm always like, ahhhh, why the music?" said Micheline Veluvolu, who was leaving CWA to fly back to New York, "So now that they're going to have this change, I get to keep my music going through the entire thing."

A ban prohibiting talking on cell phones during flights is still in effect. But that doesn't bother Smith.

"My daughter tells me I'm a computer dinosaur. So for me it won't make that much difference," said Smith.

Newsline 9 reached out to management at Central Wisconsin Airport for comment. They say these changes won't affect airport operations at that airport.

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