The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it plans to publish new guidance for E.U. airlines by the end of the month on allowing the use of personal electronic devices (PED) in "all phases of flight." The action would appear to closely match the policies adopted by the FAA a month ago.

The agency, which sets aviation safety standards for the E.U., currently allows the use of laptops, smartphones and similar devices in flight, except during taxiing, takeoff and landing. It said "With the new guidance an airline, following its own assessment, will be able to allow passengers to use their PED in 'flight mode' during all phases of flight." It also said it is "looking at new ways to certify the use of mobile phones onboard aircraft to make phone calls."

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