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US FAA commissions panel to examine use of mobile phones during flight.

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has commissioned a panel of safety experts to examine whether electronic devices pose a threat to aviation.

Currently mobile phones and other electronic equipment are prohibited on most airlines as it is believed they could interfere with an aircraft's navigation and communication. However, both Continental Airlines and American Airlines are attempting to accommodate passengers without compromising safety by allowing mobile phone use after the aircraft has landed.

The panel is expected to make its recommendations by early next year, according to CNN.

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