Alaska Airlines to Allow Gate-to-Gate Use of Electronic Devices
Alaska Airlines announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the agency’s new rules on the use of portable electronic devices.
The airline said will begin to allow offer passengers the opportunity to use small electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing Saturday morning.
Alaska Airlines will implement the new rules on flights operated by Horizon Air next week and on flights operated by SkyWest Airlines later in November.
Delta Air Lines received approval and implemented the change in procedures on November 1, the same day that the FAA announced the new rules. American Airlines announced its passengers would be able to use electronic devices on Monday, United followed on Wednesday, and US Airways announced compliance with the new rules on Thursday.
The policy change follows a major change in FAA rules announced last week. Passengers can use small, hand-held devices such as smartphones, eBook readers, and tablets, during all phases of flight unless instructed otherwise by a crewmember. Laptops and other large devices must be stowed during takeoff and landing.
When in use, passengers need to put their smaller devices into airplane mode (i.e. radio off mode) when the aircraft doors are closed for departure. The devices need to be held or secured in a seatback pocket during takeoff and landing.
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