Jetstar passengers will be able to use their phones and
tablets at all times on board its flights from tomorrow.
The budget airline was granted regulatory approval for the
move from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA),
Australia's civil aviation authority.
It is the first low-fare carrier in Australia to allow
customers to use their personal electronic devices, such as
smartphones, tablets, e-readers and mp3 players, during all
phases of the flight.
Previously passengers could not use their devices during
taxi, take-off and landing.
The policy will be in place from Jetstar's first flights
tomorrow, and will apply to domestic New Zealand and
Australia flights, as well as transtasman flights.
All devices will need to be switched to flight mode once the
aircraft doors are closed and customers will need to secure
their devices during take-off and landing by holding them or
placing them in the seat pocket, Jetstar said.
It follows Air New Zealand being granted approval to allow
personal handheld devices from July 16.
Last year the United States Federal Aviation Administration
published guidance allowing for the expanded use of portable
electronic devices following analysis by experts from
airlines, aircraft manufacturers, pilots associations, cabin
crew and mobile technology manufacturers.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ