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EU Agency to Allow Personal Electronics Throughout Flights

by Jacob Kleinman | November 14, 2013November 14, 2013 11:30 pm PST

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Following the FAA’s decision last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is poised to follow suit with a decision of its own that will allow airplane passengers to use personal electronics throughout their entire flight. The agency broke the news in a press release today, promising to publish a new set of guidelines by the end of the month.

The EASA’s decision will apply to all personal electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets, e-readers and MP3 players, allowing their use from gate to gate so long as they are in “Flight Mode.” However, the agency notes that larger devices including laptop computers will still need to be stowed during take-off, landing and taxiing.

The EASA said it is looking into the possibilities of letting travelers make calls on their mobile phones while onboard, though it lists this as a long term goal, meaning it won’t be included in the agency’s official statement at the end of the month.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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