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