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Aviation: EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes

EU News 508/2013

Brussels, 9 December 2013

The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers. It confirms that these devices may be kept switched on in "Flight Mode" (non-transmitting mode) throughout the journey (including taxiing, take-off and landing) without a risk to safety. EU Transport Commissioner, Vice President Siim Kallas has asked EASA to accelerate its safety review of the use of electronic devices on board in transmitting mode, with new guidance expected to be published early in 2014.

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Siim Kallas Date: 09/12/2013 Reference: P-024608/00-06 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2013 URL