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CAA follows FAA and EASA lead on electronic devices

CAA follows FAA and EASA lead on electronic devices
17 Dec 2013

UK airlines will soon be allowed to let their passengers use personal electronic devices at all stages of the flight, as long as they are in airplane mode, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced. 

It comes after the European Aviation Safety Agency, following the lead of the US Federal Aviation Administration, said that tablets, smartphones, e-readers and MP3 players do not pose a threat to safety. 

However, mobile phones will still not be allowed to be used for voice calls and texts, and Wi-Fi-enabled laptops will remain prohibited.

'Following recent regulatory approval, UK airlines will be able to seek permission from the CAA to allow their passengers to use portable electronic devices during taxi, take-off and landing,' the agency said.

There is some debate as to whether airlines should allow phone calls even if there is no safety risk, with passengers concerned about excess noise from loud conversations. ADNFCR-408-ID-801673472-ADNFCR

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