British Airways (BA) has relaxed the rules on the use of handheld devices during taxi, takeoff and landing, and will let people use them at these times, as long as they are in flight mode.
BA is following the lead of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has accepted the use of mobile phones and tablets at these times.
It adds that the CAA is up to date on what it is doing, and that it complies with safety rules and restrictions. The ability starts on Thursday 19 December and from now people can use their mobile devices at these times, as long as they are switched to flight mode.
Captain Ian Pringle, flight training manager at British Airways, said: "We know that our customers want to use their handheld electronic devices more, so this will be very welcome news for them. The easing of restrictions will provide an average of 30 minutes additional personal screen time. With around 300 people on a long-haul flight that will mean a combined total of approximately 150 hours extra viewing, reading or working.
"We are incredibly pleased to be the first airline in Europe to introduce these changes which will be of great benefit to our customers on any British Airways flight anywhere in the world."
This is another first for BA, which earlier this year became the first airline to allow passengers to call, text and send emails after landing and taxiing. The airline also lets people watch content on its screens from the moment they sit down to the moment the plane lands.
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