European flights no longer need airplane mode

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Excellent news for travellers: There’s no longer any need to worry about switching off your devices before take-off, in Europe, at least.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced new guidance for airlines, which allows the use of phones, laptops and other devices through-out the flight – with no need to switch off or switch to airplane mode at any point.

This is the latest move in the gradual easing of restrictions: Previously the agency allowed airplane mode usage of devices during take-off and landing, apparently. Similar restrictions have also been lifted in recent years around the world.

There’s no word yet on when the new guidance will be implemented: It’ll still be up to the individual airlines to decide on a policy, so different airlines might have different rules – so be sure to check first.

James O’Malley