FRANKFURT - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said Wednesday it will allow passengers to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flights with very few restrictions. Just two weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States said it would similarly relax its rules, EASA said that personal electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players could be used in all phases of flight in the near future. The devices must, however, be used only when the “flight mode” or “airplane mode” is switched on, it added in a statement.

That mode disables cellular service, so passengers will still not be able to make phone calls.