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Monday, 8th September 2014
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Japan approves device use in take-off, landing

When it comes to flying, it seems everyone is familiar with the standard taking-off procedure. Passengers are allowed time to find their seats before being asked to switch off their devices as the plane taxis to the runway.

However, this latter part to the routine has been changing drastically across the world, with passengers in the EU and the US permitted to use their devices during takeoff and landing, allowing for uninterrupted work or play.

Japan is now set to follow suit, with travellers permitted to carry on using their tablets, ebooks, laptops and mp3 players during the start and close of their journeys. However, these devices must have flight mode enabled, so that passengers are not able to make calls or send texts that might interrupt with the flight control instruments.

However, the new rules will not apply to all passengers, only those travelling aboard newer planes where transmissions have been proven not to interrupt with the pilot's instruments.

According to the Transport Ministry, there is no danger from permitting people to use their devices during takeoff and landing, and that the rules have been changed following extensive trials and testing.

While Japan's government has put the new rules in place, there is no requirement for operators to follow them. As a result, their use may well vary widely across the industry as companies carry out their own tests and trials.

However, overall, it's sure to be a positive step, allowing for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for those visiting the country.

Passenger use of devices during takeoff, landing and during turbulence has become more accepted since the Federal Aviation Administration ruled in October that ebook readers, tablet computers and portable games consoles can be used safely "during all phases of flight" last October.