According to Law Professor Josh Blackman, the government shutdown is likely to further delay the FAA making a final recommendation on electronics in flight.
The Chicago Tribune reports the FAA recommended allowing e-readers and tablets to remain on (in airplane mode) during takeoff. Laptops would not be allowed because of the potential danger of a passenger losing their grip during takeoff.
The danger of a passenger dropping a Kindle was used as an argument before as to why we should not allow people to use e-readers during takeoff, but I can assure you–I would rather be hit with a Kindle than a copy of War & Peace (which is on my Kindle, and I’m up to something like 6% read after three years).
This will allow me to finish the level I’m currently playing in Ridiculous Fishing or Plants vs. Zombies–I mean, further engage with a great literary work of art.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you click through that link and become addicted to Ridiculous Fishing.