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Gadgets get go-ahead

AIRLINE passengers have been given the green light to surf the web from smartphones and tablet computers throughout entire flights.

The move by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) followed a similar move by the United States.

The EASA said it would publish guidance by the end of the month for airlines seeking to widen the usage of gadgets.

But users would have to keep their devices set to "airplane" mode to stop emitting radio signals that could interfere with the aircraft.

Current regulations in Europe allow the use of mobile phones for voice calls when flying above 3,000 metres but no internet usage, and not during taxiing, take-off and landing.