The Associated Press is reporting that increased security measures on international flights inbound to the United States have been eased. The government has not publicly announced any changes, but the AP's report cites unnamed airline officials "familiar with the matter".
The tightened restrictions had meant passengers had to remain in their seats for the final hour of a flight, with nothing in their laps. Others had reported a total ban on electronics. The Transportation Security Administration was intentionally vague about what flights might or might not require, but nearly all of it meant bad things for the use of portable electronic devices - at least on international flights. Crecente, however, just flew 14 hours from Australia into the US and was allowed to use electronics in flight.
The AP specifically said: "In-flight entertainment restrictions have also been lifted." I suppose this means it's all over, for now anyway. In-Flight Security Rules Eased [Associated Press on Yahoo! News]