SINGAPORE - The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) yesterday said it is studying the new US guidelines to assess whether it is feasible to implement them.
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According to a statement by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Oct 31, a spokesman announced that it has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.
The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included airline representatives. aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.
It expects many US carriers to allow passengers to safely use devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year, with the exception being the actual takeoff and landing roll, when passengers have to stow away their devices for safety, but still switched on and in airplane mode.
The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) concluded that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs. Once tolerance is confirmed, the airline's fleet can allow passengers to use their mobile devices safely.