Europe's air safety agency has issued new guidelines allowing passengers to use portable electronics including cell phones and tablet computers any time during flights.
The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said Friday that starting immediately, European-based airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on the entire flight, without the putting them into "Airplane Mode."
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However, airlines will need to certify their planes aren't affected by transmission signals before allowing devices to be used.
Spokesman Ilias Maragakis says that's a step beyond what's allowed by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Maragakis said: "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."