Twenty-two years after FAA and FCC prohibited the use of cellphones inside an airplane; the ban has recently been lifted off – allowing passengers to leave their portable electronic devices on provided that it’s switched to Flight/Airplane Mode.
Following this long-delayed ruling, JetBlue Airways and Delta Airlines announced that their passengers will no longer be asked to turn off their smartphones, MP3 players and/or tablets during flights; even in altitudes below 10,000 feet. However, there are some instances (like landing with low-visibility) where you’ll be asked by the flight crew to switch off your gadgets for safety reasons.
Other American airlines are said to follow suit, but will have to undergo clearance from the FAA before they can implement this new policy. Hopefully, local airlines too will have a change of hearts regarding this matter, and soon.