Europe allows passengers to use smartphones during all phases of flight
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has confirmed the mobile devices including smartphones and tablets can be used during the flights including take-offs and landings. The agency has issued a press-release in which EASA explains its decision to extend the usage of electronic devices during the flights. However, the phones can be used only in “Flight mode” in which the cellular data connection is shut down.
The guidelines are subject to assessment of the local airlines and passengers should be able to use their electronic devices from December 2013. Whilst all phones must me in “Airplane mode”, the larger devices like laptops must be put away during the landing and take-off. EASA’s Executive Director comments: “This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety”.
Two weeks ago, the US transport department also announced that airlines can let passengers use smartphones, tablets, mp3 players and other electronic devices during all phases of the flight. In terms of implementation, FAA expects the measures to be implemented by the end of the year. The FAA measures are only for the USA, similar to the EASA guidelines which apply for the old continent. If a flight is destined to another third-party country, the status quo will apply. That means all passengers need to switch off their devices during landings and take-offs. Several airlines have already asked for a formal permission to implement the guidelines. Among the first candidates are Delta and JetBlue.
EASA is also looking for a way to certify the mobile phone usage during flights in the near future – a decision which is likely to be greeted with mixed feelings.
Source: The Next Web