British Airways relaxes electronic device rules

Devices may be used after plane leaves runway under new rules

From July 1, British Airways will change its electronic devices policy after landing, allowing smartphones, tablets and other gadgets to be used immediately after the plane leaves the runway, reports BBC News. Under the existing rules, BA passengers must wait until the plane has stopped at the terminal building before powering on their devices.

BA will be the first European airline to bring in relaxed rules for electronic devices after landing, after the British Civil Aviation Authority said the move presented no safety risk. But the changes won't affect restrictions in place around take-off, which require passengers to turn off all devices until they reach 10,000 feet.

Over in the U.S., the FAA is reportedly looking at taking things a step further and relaxing its own blanket ban on electronic device usage below 10,000 feet. A formal decision from the aviation authority is expected this fall.

Source: BBC News (opens in new tab)

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  • Weird.. that has been the long standing rule in the US. (being able to use your phone after landing and clearing the runway) Congrats UK on your new 'freedom'.
  • And it's been a long standing rule in the UK that we can eat Kinder Eggs. (Banned in the US till recently} Congrats US on your new 'Freedom' Swings and roundabouts.
  • Actually the US 'legal' eggs had to be modified from the original design. We still can't eat a proper Kinder egg here. :(
  • Why? Is it because of WW2?, or just gay marriage rights protestors?
  • that's good to hear am leaving for the Caribbean on the 2nd July nice Posted via Android Central App
  • that's good to hear am leaving for the Caribbean on the 2nd July nice Posted via Android Central App
  • Great, but: 1. Everyone actually already does this
    2. Almost every other country allows this anyway Still, good to know I won't feel I'm breaking any old outdated customs anymore when I'm flying BA! Now, if they can only find a way to deliver a small electronic shock to those dumbasses who feel the need to remove their seat belts the moment the plane touches down...
  • That's relaxed? On every flight I take (domestic US), as soon as we start taxiing away from the runway, they say you can turn on your cell phones, but you have to leave all other electronic devices off (bass-ackwards from how it should be if, as they claim, cell phones can cause interference with tower communications).