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British Airways is the first European airline to let passengers use mobiles and tablets during take-off and landing. But calls and texts are still prohibited, so you'll have to keep your device in flight mode.

Until today, electronic devices were limited to use only when the plane was cruising, and the fasten seat belt sign was off. From today, you can carry on playing games, reading ebooks, and listening to music as you come in to land.

Several American airlines, including Delta and JetBlue, already allow gadget use during all stages of flight. UK airlines are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA has to approve each airline before they're cleared to allow mobile and tablet use on planes.

"The easing of restrictions will provide an average of 30 minutes' additional personal screen time," BA flight training manager Ian Pringle told the BBC.

"With around 300 people on a long-haul flight that will mean a combined total of approximately 150 hours' extra viewing, reading or working."

BA was previously the first European airline to allow passengers to charge their phones and tablets after landing, while the plane is taxiing to the terminal.

Source BBC

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