• The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last week that it is forming a group to determine whether portable electronic devices (PEDs) can safely be used during all phases of flight. Current rules require aircraft operators to determine that PEDs do not pose a risk before authorizing their use during flight, and generally require all devices to be turned off during takeoff and landing. The group, which will include government and industry representatives and is set to meet for six months, will explore “the establishment of technological standards associated with the use of PEDs during any phase of flight.” The study will not include consideration of the airborne use of cellphones for voice communications during flight. The FAA will accept public comments for 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.