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Thursday, November 14, 2013

EASA Approves Use of Electronics During All Phases of Flights for European Airlines





The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced that it will publish guidance allowing for personal electronic devices to be used during all phases of flight. This follows a decision by the FAA last month to do the same.

Use of tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players are acceptable as long as the devices are in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Airplane Mode’. Previously, EASA guidance allowed the use of PED on aircraft, except during taxiing, take-off and landing. Bulky PED such as laptop computers will need to be stowed during taxiing, take-off and landing.

“This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety” said Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director.

The changes above 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 PED in ‘Flight Mode’ during all phases of flight.

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. EASA says it recognizes the wide proliferation of personal electronic devices and the wish of the traveling public to use them everywhere.

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