European Aviation Safety Agency to Allow Personal Electronic Devices During all Stages of Flight
The European Aviation Safety Agency announced that it will allow airlines to expand passenger use of personal electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, as long as they are in airplane mode, during all phases of flight by the end of November. Currently, EASA guidelines prohibit the use of personal electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
The change will affect all aircraft operated by airlines in the European Union.
The news follows the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement in October that granted passengers use of personal electronic devices such as tablet computers and smartphones during all phases of flight, provided that they too are in airplane mode.
On Thursday, the European Commission announced it would begin allowing the use of 3G and 4G mobile devices on board aircraft that are flying over the EU.
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