Friday 27 April 2018

Mobile phone flight restrictions lifted in Europe

New regulations could mean electrical devices such as mobile phones could be used on flights in Europe
New regulations could mean electrical devices such as mobile phones could be used on flights in Europe

Independent.ie Travel & Agencies

Europe's air safety agency has issued new guidelines allowing passengers to use portable electronics including mobile phones and tablet computers at any time during flights.

The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said that starting immediately, European-based airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on for the entire flight, without putting them into "flight safe" mode.

However, airlines will need to certify their planes are not affected by transmission signals before allowing devices to be used.

Spokesman Ilias Maragakis said this is a step beyond what is allowed by the US Federal Aviation Administration, adding: "We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train."

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