Thirty per cent of passengers admit that they have "accidentally" left a device on during take-off or landing.
At present, all electronic devices must be switched off at altitudes of less than 3 000 metres; however, the group of experts (which the FAA will follow) is calling for use throughout the flight (no need to switch devices off), but with certain restrictions, such as a ban on the use of Wi-Fi, 3G or incoming or outgoing calls during the crucial phases of take-off and landing.
Once the FAA has given its blessing, airlines will be free to relax their internal regulations. Given the demand from the passengers carried, one thing is certain: they will do so and Europe, via the EASA (the Old World’s FAA) is very likely to follow suit.
1. What is the Commission’s opinion on this?
2. Assuming that there is no danger, what about the disturbance caused by the proximity imposed on passengers in a confined space if in-flight telephone calls are allowed?
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