The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has followed the US lead and approved the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) in non-transmitting mode through all stages of flight, including taxi, take-off and landing. Its updated guidance said the use of smartphones, tablets, e-readers and MP3 players in so-called flight mode is not a safety risk. Until now, all PEDs had to be switched off during taxi, take-off and landing. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said this is the first phase ...

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