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    Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

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      Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off - Telegraph
      New European guidance confirms smartphones and tablets can be safely used during take-off and landing

      Passengers on aeroplanes leaving Britain are likely to be able to use smartphones and tablets from the start to the end of their flight shortly, after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated its guidelines.

      According to new guidance published today, those taking a flight would be able to use their personal electronic device (PED) – which includes tablets, smartphones, and e-readers – as long as the device is kept in flight mode.

      Currently, passengers are required to switch off all electronic devices for take-off and landing.

      The change in use will not happen immediately, with EASA explaining that “it will be [up] to the discretion of each airline to use this guidance and change its policy.” Airlines would need to apply for a change in their procedures to the national regulator, which is the CAA in Britain.

      The update does not come as a surprise, with European safety regulators expected to follow the lead of the US. Last month, EASA said it would be allowing the use of PEDs on board, shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration announced the lifting of the ban on portable electronics during take-off and landing.

      Today, marks the official updating and publication of the EASA advice.

      Last month US regulators also proposed an end to the ban on in-flight mobile phone calls, describing the existing rules as “outdated”.

      More information

      Aviation: EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes: Read the full European Commission press release


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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      I really don't want to see the lifting of the ban on phone calls during the flight. It's bad enough on the bus or train when you constantly get one side of a conversation or the continuous non-melodic ring tone symphony, can you imagine that on an aeroplane where there is no escape? Long haul flights, in particular, will be a nightmare

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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      It will be alright, I don't think that there is a mobile phone mast in the middle of the Atlantic , otherwise I understand where you are coming from.

      I wonder how many will be watching Airport 77 or 2012 whilst the plane is taking off though?

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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      You are already allowed to use mobiles on-board flights once your reach cruising altitude. Virgin Atlantic have had their AeroMobile system in use for around a year now on all their A333 and their Gatwick/Manchester config B747's. The system only allows a certain number of users to connect at any one time (around 6 users at any one time I believe). All the Uk mobile networks now have roaming agreements in place with AeroMobile. You are charged at EU roaming rates as the satellite uplink is in Norway.

      People always have the same initial reaction but having flown VS several times now over the last 12 months, it's really not an issue at all. You have to log onto AeroMobile yourself by doing a manual network search so it's not automatic. You tend to see people just texting or using data (AeroMobile only provides Edge/2G speeds currently) but's it's enough for basic surfing etc. Virgin (and BA) are also trialing on-board WiFi on a couple of aircraft as well currently.

      Both AeroMobile and the WiFi system works via a satellite link. They currently have to be turned off when in US airspace though.
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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      What this change means though is not only can you use the mobiles and tablets in-flight, but also you can use them when the plane is taking off or landing. This is when local reception will be at its best, so people can call to say "I'm just landing, are you at the airport to pick me up" or whatever.

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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Quote Originally Posted by James_Mitchell
      cursing altitude.
      I guess that's ****ing high then.
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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Stupid auto-correct!!


      There's more info about AeroMobile at http://www.aeromobile.net including which airlines it's available on.

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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Quote Originally Posted by James_Mitchell View Post
      Stupid auto-correct!!
      It is called a "swear word filter"

      This forum can be read by a range of people of different backgrounds and different ages.


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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie
      It is called a "swear word filter"

      This forum can be read by a range of people of different backgrounds and different ages.
      Apologies if i crossed a line there. Couldn't help myself.
      (I typed the **** btw).

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      Re: Regulator confirms tablets safe to use during take-off

      Actually I just reread what James had posted. I think he was trying to say something about "cruising".


      tut tut tut tut tut....

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