European Airlines Will Soon Be Able to Use Electronic Devices During All Phases of Flight
November 14, 2013 9:20 AM
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EASA approved the use of PEDs, and will even try to approve phone calls on planes
European airlines will soon be able to allow personal electronic device (PED) use during
all phases of flight
European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) officially approved the use of PEDs like tablets, smartphones and e-readers during taxiing, take off and landing.
In fact, EASA is taking it a step further and said it even plans to find ways to certify the use of cell phones for calls while onboard.
The new approval states that devices must be in Airplane Mode during travel, and that bulky electronics (such as laptops) are to be stowed during taxiing, take off, and landing.
The EASA will publish its guidance by the end of November. European Airlines are expected to adopt the new rules shortly afterward.
On October 31, the
Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) announced its approval for the expanded use of electronic devices from takeoff to landing. But cell phones cannot be used for voice communications because that treads into the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) jurisdiction.
Just one day after
the FAA's approval
, Delta and JetBlue started allowing its passengers to use PEDs during all phases of flight.
The FAA has similar rules in place such as holding or putting electronics in the back pocket of the seat during actual takeoff and landing. The FAA also requires that cell phones be in airplane mode or have cellular service disabled.
The European Aviation Safety Agency
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Why is no-one questioning this?
11/14/2013 2:05:25 PM
Why is no-one asking why this blatantly ridiculous rule was enforced for decades? I've seen no-one question how we were forced into something nonsensical for many years with no reason and now the articles read as though we should be happy that the ban is lifted.
RE: Why is no-one questioning this?
11/15/2013 4:55:08 AM
On the plus side, the rule to switch off all electronic equipment gave you all the justification you needed to explain to your fellow travelers that they need to remove the batteries from their watches, as those are clearly electronic devices as well.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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