According to The Latin American Tribune, the use of electronic devices on commercial flights will be allowed until the end of the year, the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency said Thursday (October 30).
Airlines may apply for permission as of Thursday, but they must certify that the devices will not interfere with flight operations, such as communications and navigation systems, the agency said in a statement.
COMMENT: It was not clarified whether airline passengers comprehend the rules governing electronic devices in all languages.
Brazil currently prohibits the use of cell phones, tablets, cameras and laptop computers, among other devices, during takeoffs, landings and while taxiing on active runways.
The new rules will allow passengers to make calls and use the Internet while planes are on the ground and in "flight mode," the agency said.