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Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights 51

Bismillah (993337) writes "While you're in coverage during take-off and landing, at least. Passengers flying with Qantas and Virgin Australia might be able to leave their devices on from as early as September this year after the Civil Aviation Authority decided it was no longer unsafe to do so."
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Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

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  • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Monday August 25, 2014 @07:00AM (#47746367)

    The article summary is completely wrong -- it mentions "while you're in coverage", to mean that you can leave the device connected to the network.

    But from TFA: "Plane passengers will be allowed to use electronic devices weighing less than a kilogram in offline mode from gate to gate without needing to turn them off. The devices will need to remain in flight mode and cannot be used for calls, text or data, however."

    So, all this really does is confirm the findings that the FAA had -- small devices are reasonable to use in airplane mode in all phases of flight.

    Despite the fact everyone on the plane already has their damned phone on, they are totally safe in call mode as well. If a cellphone can screw up the instrumentation of your aircraft, there's something wrong with the aircraft, not the passengers.

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