Following FAA’s lead, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced they’ve approved the use of personal electronic devices during all flight phases. Of course the devices can only be used in flight or airplane mode and bulky devices that may cause injuries such as laptops need to be deposited during take-off, landing and taxiing. Smaller devices such as smartphones, tablets and mp3 players can be used throughout the entire flight as long as they’re in airplane or flight mode.
EASA is also planning to find a way of allowing phone calls during flights at some point in the future. According to their official announcement, guidance concerning PED usage during flights will become public before the end of this month. FAA already published its guidance concerning this matter on October 31st and two top flight companies adhered to the new rules within a day. Hopefully, European flight companies will also have prompt reactions.
This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety.
Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director