European airlines given green light for in-flight mobile calls

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Whether passengers can make in-flight calls will be at the discretion of individual airlines

Passengers travelling on European airlines could soon be allowed to use their mobile phones after their usage was cleared by airline authorities.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said there were no longer any restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices (phones, tablets, laptops etc) on flights.

However, whether passengers will be allowed to use the devices or not will be at the discretion of the airline they are travelling on.

“It is up to each airline to decide to allow the use of PEDs. In order to do this, the airline will have to go through an assessment process, ensuring aircraft systems are not affected in any way by the transmission signals from the PEDs,” the EASA said in a statement.

”For this reason, there may be differences among airlines whether and when PEDs can be used.Passengers must at all times follow the airline crew instructions. Safety always comes first onboard of an aircraft.”

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