European airlines will soon be able to allow personal electronic device (PED) use during all phases of flight.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officially approved the use of PEDs like tablets, smartphones and e-readers during taxiing, take off and landing.
In fact, EASA is taking it a step further and said it even plans to find ways to certify the use of cell phones for calls while onboard.
The new approval states that devices must be in Airplane Mode during travel, and that bulky electronics (such as laptops) are to be stowed during taxiing, take off, and landing.
The EASA will publish its guidance by the end of November. European Airlines are expected to adopt the new rules shortly afterward.
On October 31, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its approval for the expanded use of electronic devices from takeoff to landing. But cell phones cannot be used for voice communications because that treads into the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) jurisdiction.
Just one day after the FAA's approval, Delta and JetBlue started allowing its passengers to use PEDs during all phases of flight.
The FAA has similar rules in place such as holding or putting electronics in the back pocket of the seat during actual takeoff and landing. The FAA also requires that cell phones be in airplane mode or have cellular service disabled.