Qantas and Virgin Australia allow mobile devices in-flight
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) move, which followed similar decisions by the US and European Union last year, allows passengers to have their devices on "flight mode" during taxiing, take-off and landing.
This disables cellular service, so passengers will still not be able to make calls or send texts.
"Once you have assessed that there are no safety issues, there's no reason to put people through that inconvenience... of having to turn their devices off and turn it back on again."
Previous regulations banned the use of electronics during taxiing, take-off and landing due to fears they could interfere with an airplane's navigation equipment. The changes took effect for Qantas' and Virgin Australia's domestic and international flights. ■
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