THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority has approved requests from Qantas and
Virgin Australia to allow gate-to-gate use of smart phones and tablets.
Customers will be able to use their personal electronic devices such as
smart phones, tablets and music players in flight mode, for the duration of
each flight, providing uninterrupted access to work and entertainment.
Advice for customers:
Devices can be used whether passengers are boarding via aerobridge or
transiting across tarmac
Once aircraft doors are closed for departure, devices will need to be
in 'flight mode'
Customers are required to secure handheld devices by holding them or
placing them in a seat pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger
items such as laptops will still need to be stowed
Customers are still required to listen to all inflight safety briefings
and comply with cabin crew instructions
Mobile and smart phones will still not be able to be used to make calls
or send texts from the air
The changes to CASA's ruling on personal electronic devices inflight
follows an announcement by the United States' Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) in October last year that it would allow passengers to
leave their electronic devices on through all phases of flight if
individual airlines could prove that it did not interfere with the
operation of the aircraft.
Experts from airlines, aircraft manufacturers, passenger groups, pilot
associations, flight attendants, and mobile services have since been
investigating the impact of personal electronic devices inflight.
Until recently, devices in Australia were required to remain off until the
seatbelt sign turned off, meaning passengers were unable to use them while
the aircraft was taxiing to the runway or through much of the climb or
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