Labour MEP for Ireland South, Phil Prendergast, has welcomed the EU decision this week to allow electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets or e-readers to be used throughout the entire duration of flights, in â€˜flight modeâ€™.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Prendergast, a member of the European Parliamentâ€™s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, said: â€œThis is great news for frequent and business travellers. Not only will it improve productivity, but it will also make the use of smartphones and tablets much simpler.
â€œThe new safety guidelines issued by the EUâ€™s Aviation Safety Agency basically mean that, as long as your devices are not on transmitting mode, you can use them from gate to gate, including while the plane is taking-off and landing.
â€œThis does not pose any flight safety risk, so this guideline update makes fliersâ€™ routines much simpler.
â€œAirlines will now be free to update their own on-board rules, while passengers will, of course, still need to pay attention to the safety briefing.
â€œAt the Commissionâ€™s request, the EUâ€™s Aviation Safety Agency is currently reviewing the safety of using these devices on transmitting mode, and new guidance updates are expected next year.â€