By Jonathan Davies

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has said passengers will no longer be forced to switch off electronic devices like mobile phones.

The EASA said electronic devices do not pose a safety risk to planes. Passengers will be able to use their phones during flights once airlines have conducted their own reviews.

Passenger currently have to switch to 'Flight mode' on the plane, and can only make calls inside the terminal.

But the EASA's statement does not mean passengers will be freely able to use their devices on any airline. Once the airlines have conducted their safety reviews, they will be free to implement their own policies own use of electronic devices.

The reviews could mean it is some time before passengers are able use their devices on planes.

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