News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday November 14, 2013.
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The FAA last month changed its guidelines in order to permit the use of smartphones and tablets during more phases of flights within the United States. The FAA's European counterpart, the EASA, plans to institute a similar rule change for airlines in Europe. The EASA posted following message on its website:
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.
The EASA is also going one step further by assessing the long-term possibility of making phone calls on a flight, though that activity remains banned at the moment. Only flights operated by European companies will be affected by the new guidelines, though individual airlines can still set their own rules. It appears that aircraft operated by foreign entities will continue to follow rules of local aviation authorities.source: EASA, via: Engadget
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