Just when it seemed that mobile phones couldn't take over anymore of our lives, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said that they can.

European air travellers will be able to use their mobile phones, tablets and any other personal electronic devices throughout flights, including when landing and taking off, as long as they are in airplane safety mode.

The EASA has confirmed that new guidelines will be introduced by the end of November and will mean that passengers no longer have to shut down and store their phones during taxi and landing.

It means that Europe follows the likes of the US, which has already introduced a similar rule that leaves the final decision up to the airlines involved.

You will still have to store away any "bulky" laptop computers during taxi, take-off and landing but the agency has said it is looking for safe ways to allows phone calls during flights.

Posted by Simon Thomas

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