Reg­u­la­tions to be re­laxed on flight elec­tron­ics us­age

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CAA, ) pub­li­cized re­lax­ations of ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing in- flight elec­tron­ics us­age yesterday. These re­laxed reg­u­la­tions will take ef­fect on six na­tional air­line com­pa­nies in Tai­wan start­ing in Septem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the changes, pas­sen­gers aboard in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic flights would be al­lowed to use per­sonal elec­tronic de­vices that can be stored in­side the pouch in the seat in front of them. Larger de­vices, such as per­sonal lap­tops can only be op­er­ated once the plane has reached an al­ti­tude of 10,000 feet for in­ter­na­tional flights, how­ever the same rules will not ap­ply for do­mes­tic flights. Tai­wan’s car­ri­ers in­clude: China Air­lines, Eva Air, Man­darin Air­lines, Uni Air, TransA­sia Air­ways and Far Eastern Air Trans­port.

In ad­di­tion, if the flight has on­board wire­less or com­mu­ni­ca­tions hubs that meet re­quired spec­i­fi­ca­tions, pas­sen­gers will be al­lowed to switch on de­vices that can re­ceive their sig­nals.

An in­creas­ing num­ber of air­lines around the world are re­lax­ing safety re­stric­tions on elec­tronic de­vice us­age aboard flights, in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of in-flight Wi-Fi. Air­lines in the re­gion that al­ready pro­vide such ser­vices in­clude: Air China, All Nip­pon Air­ways, JAL and Hong Kong Air­lines.

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