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EASA Follows FAA Lead: Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to Be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing in Europe

Following the decision which was announced two weeks ago from the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States, the European Aviation Safety Agency released an official announcement which will eventually allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing — on aircraft operated by airlines based in Europe. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. The guidance of this amended policy is expected to be published sometime by the end of this month. The part of the official announcement which concerns me pertains to the following statement…

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