Regulations to be relaxed on flight electronics usage
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.