LOT to Allow Gate-to-Gate Use of Electronic Devices
LOT Polish Airlines announced over the weekend that its passengers will be able to use personal electronic devices from the moment they get on the plane through taxi, 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.
The policy follows a major change in European Aviation Safety Agency rules announced late last year. Passengers can use small, hand-held devices such as smartphones and tablets, at any point during the flight unless instructed otherwise by a crewmember. Larger devices such as laptops must be stowed during takeoff and landing.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced the change in rules for U.S. airlines on November 1 last year. Within days, all major carriers including American, Delta, and United had adopted the new rules for their mainline flights. The EASA rule change came shortly after the FAA’s in mid November.
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