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EASA allows use of electronic devices in Europe
13 November 2013

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) follows the U.S. FAA in allowing passengers to use electronic devices on aircraft.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will publish by the end of November 2013 guidance which will extend to all phases of flight the possibility to use personal electronic devices (PED) such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players as long as the devices are in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Airplane Mode’. Current EASA guidance allows the use of these devices on aircraft, except during taxiing, take-off and landing. Large devices such as laptop computers will need to be stowed during taxiing, take-off and landing.

These changes will be applicable to aircraft operated by European airlines.  With the new guidance an airline, following its own assessment, will be able to allow passengers to use their PEDs.

In the long term, the Agency is looking at new ways to certify the use of mobile phones on-board aircraft to make phone calls.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the same measures on October 31.

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