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After a long delay, millions of iPods and Kindles finally may be cleared for takeoff. In August the Federal Aviation Administration announced that, pending the results of a study that begins this year, it may allow more leeway on the use of portable electronic devices—even during takeoffs and landings. And that may save Alec Baldwin, who was thrown off a plane before takeoff last year for refusing to power down his iPad, a lot of grief.

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