FROM this afternoon those flying Qantas and Virgin will be able to use their electronic devices during the entire flight.
Qantas says they’re were allowed to revise their policy following new guidance on the safe use of personal electronic devices inflight.
Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said the new changes were an exciting development in customer experience for the airline.
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“We’re delighted to give Qantas customers the freedom and flexibility to use their personal electronic devices from the moment they board the plane until they disembark,” said Mr Strambi.
“Whether customers choose to listen to music, read their e-books or review work documents the introduction of gate-to-gate electronic access on Qantas flights is an exciting development to an already exceptional inflight entertainment service.
“Qantas was the first Australian airline to introduce Inflight Entertainment and provide wireless devices on board so it’s great to be able to capitalise on these features for our customers.
“Qantas has conducted rigorous testing to assess the impacts of electronic devices on the safe operation of aircraft. We are confident that these devices are safe to be turned on, but in flight mode, for the duration of each flight.”
QantasLink and Jetstar are in the final stages of preparing their submission to CASA for the extended use of personal electronic devices.
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.
Devices can also now be used when you’re entering or exiting the plane but devices do still need to be in flight mode when you’re in the plane.
Mobile and smart phones will still not be able to be used to make calls or send texts from the air.