Tap away on your gadget on take-off?

Tap away on your gadget on take-off?

SINGAPORE - Singapore could lift curbs on the use of laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices during all stages of a flight, following an easing of the rules by the United States.

Such a change would mean that these devices can be used not only above 10,000 feet but also below it, which means travellers do not have to switch them off during take-off and landing.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Wednesday said it is studying the new US guidelines to assess whether it is feasible to implement them.

Safety will be the top priority, its spokesman told The Straits Times: "The baseline for any regulatory change is that an equivalent level of safety must be maintained."

The US guidelines, announced last week, come after an extensive review by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The change was prompted by studies that show planes nowadays are equipped with technology which will not be compromised by the use of electronic devices.

South Korea has since followed suit while regulators in Hong Kong and New Zealand, like Singapore, are mulling over the matter.

If Singapore lifts the restrictions, travellers can keep their devices running from the time they step into the plane at Changi Airport until it lands - provided the regulator at the destination airport does not restrict their use.

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