China opens the way for smart­phone use on flights

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

THE Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAAC) has re­laxed its re­stric­tions on us­ing mo­bile de­vices on board air­craft, al­low­ing in­di­vid­ual air­lines to de­ter­mine their own poli­cies. It re­mains to be seen when these new poli­cies will come into ef­fect, but the changes are likely to be wel­comed by pas­sen­gers who will now be able to use their own por­ta­ble de­vices and con­nect to in-flight wifi (where avail­able) on their smart­phones. CAAC reg­u­la­tions had pre­vi­ously for­bid­den smart­phone use through­out the flight, even if put in flight mode, while use of de­vices such as lap­tops and tablets was per­mit­ted out­side of take-off and land­ing.

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