You can use your gadgets on a British Airways flight now!

19 December 2013

Bitterwallet - British Airways

It has never made sense that you couldn't use your phone and gadgets on a flight. People would mutter 'it'll make the plane crash!', which is clearly nonsense because, if you wanted to crash a plane as part of a terrorist plot, all you'd have to do is send a text. Much easier than hiding bombs in your shoes.

With that, British Airways are now letting passengers use their personal electronic devices during flights, as of today.

It has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and we can all use handheld devices during taxiing, take-off and landing... as long as their flight-mode is switched on. So it isn't hugely exciting, but it is something of a start.

Captain Ian Pringle, BA's flight training manager, said: "We are incredibly pleased to be the first airline in Europe to introduce these changes which will be of great benefit to our customers on any British Airways flight anywhere in the world."

"The easing of restrictions will provide an average of 30 minutes additional personal screen time. With around 300 people on a long-haul flight that will mean a combined total of approximately 150 hours extra viewing, reading or working.”

Recent guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) reckoned that smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and the like, can be switched on at all times as long as "transmitting capabilities" have been disabled, but this change only applies to smaller items so laptops will still be stowed away.

It is up to each individual airline whether or not they'll allow gadgets to be used on flights. Maybe budget airlines will let you use whatever gadgets you want for a small charge?

TOPICS:   Technology   Travel


  • Reader
    And how exactly will "flight mode" status be verified. We all know we can't trust self-regulation.
  • klingelton
    the benefit of insisting these devices were switched off was nothing to do with the fact it could down a plane. That is utter BS, and most people know it. What it did, was kept people paying attention to the safety notifications and looking for something in the seat to read - usually that laminated sheet of what to do in a crash (and the inflight mag). Now all people are going to do is to slap their earphones in, read their kindle or in some other electronically induced way, ignore the cabin crew.

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