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Qantas and Virgin pax can use in-flight electronics

August 27, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59From next Tuesday, passengers on Qantas and Virgin flights will be able to use their electronic devices during the entire flight.

The decision follows similar moves in the US.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved applications from both airlines to let passengers keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on – even during take-off or landing, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

There’s an important proviso – the devices will need to remain in “flight mode” throughout the flight.

Devices weighing over 1 kilogram – laptops for instance – will still need to be stored for take off and landing, as they can become lethal missiles in the event of a forced landing.

The moves bring Australia into line with practice in the US, Europe and New Zealand.

Tigerair Australia is applying for similar approvals.

Written by : Peter Needham

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