US Airways Moves to Allow Personal Electronic Devices, All 4 Legacy Airlines Now On Board
With the announcement Thursday by US Airways that its passengers can use personal electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, and landing, all four so-called legacy airlines have adopted the new Federal Aviation Administration regulations that the agency announced last week.
United Airlines announced that its passengers would be able to do so Wednesday evening, while American announced this on Monday. 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 was the only airline to announce that the policy change would also apply to its regional carrier, American Eagle. Delta, United, and US Airways all said that their regional carriers would see a change in rules by the end of the year.
The policy change follows a major change in FAA rules announced last week. Passengers can use small, hand-held devices such as smartphones and tablets, during all phases of flight unless instructed otherwise by a crewmember. Larger devices such as laptops must be stowed during takeoff and landing.
Passengers need to put their 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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