Airlines in the U.S. recently began allowing passengers to use tablets and other electronic devices during all phases of their flights, and European airlines will soon follow suit.
By the end of this month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is going to publish guidance to airlines based on that continent that they begin permitting the use of small personal electronics during taxiing, take-off, and landing, not just when their planes are at cruising altitudes.
Laptops belonging to passengers will still be required to be stowed during takeoff and landing.
And tablets and phones will need to be in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Airplane Mode’ at all times. These are the same rules the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved last month.
There is a difference between the two, however: the EASA is looking into ways to allow passengers to make voice calls during flights. The FAA is not exploring this, as there is little to no interest among American travelers.