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European airlines allow passengers to make in-flight phone calls

The EASA will ease in-flight phone call rules moving forward
By: Michael Hatamoto | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Sep 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Passengers flying the European skies could very soon be able to use smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices anytime while onboard a flight, according to new research guidelines. Individual airlines will be able to choose what type of devices can be used - based on aircraft type and other factors.

 

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"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight... like you would on a train," said Ilias Maragakis, European Aviation Safety Agency spokeswoman.

 

There has been concern that using certain electronics would interfere with transmission signals, but airlines must certify that wouldn't be a problem. The EASA allowed devices to be on as long as they were switched to "airplane mode," but additional research indicated the rules could be altered even more.

NEWS SOURCES:Mercurynews.com, Thestar.com, Media.npr.org

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