Korea to Permit In-Flight Use of Smartphones

Air passengers will be allowed to use their smartphones during takeoff and landing starting next year. The Transportation Ministry on Monday said it is revising regulations so passengers can use electronic devices throughout their flight.

The revision will allow passengers on Korean carriers to read, play games or watch movies on electronic devices.

The change follows similar moves by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Hawaiian Airlines is already allowing passengers to use their electronic devices on all domestic flights, though they remain restricted on international flights.

But the ministry said passengers will not be allowed to talk on the phone during a flight.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 03, 2013 13:19 KST