Australia's regulator the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is taking a cautious approach to a US Federal Aviation Administration's announcement today that use of electronic devices on planes in the US will be permitted from gate-to-gate.
Currently in Australia all airlines restrict the use of electronic devices during critical phases of flight - such as take-off and landing - due to the risk of interference to aircraft systems.
Passengers must not turn on devices until the plane reaches 10,000ft (3,000m) and must turn them off when the plane gets to 10,0000ft on descent to landing.
These restrictions remain in place and passengers must follow directions from aircraft crew at all times CASA says.
CASA in a statement said that "due to the potential risk of interference from electronic devices airlines have made the decision to ban their use during take-off and landing and other critical phases of flight and to ban mobile phones and other broadcasting devices at all times."
It added that it should be noted the US Federal Aviation Administration is not proposing to allow mobile phones or other devices to connect with telephone networks.
Devices will have to be used in 'airplane mode'.
CASA spokesman told The West Online that it will discuss with airlines their response to the FAA ruling as the issue is covered by regulations which require aircraft operators to ensure safety is maintained at all times and passengers to comply with the safety instructions given by crew members."Airlines will have to show us how safety will be maintained," said the spokesman.