Phones can stay online on flights next year, says SAA
South African Airways (SAA) passengers will no longer be required to keep their cellphones switched off on its planes from early next year.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Times Select the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had given the airline permission to stop applying the outdated rule of switching off phones.
“We are in the process of implementing this concept where passengers do not need to switch off their cellphones during takeoff, turbulence and landing,” said Tlali.
“Cellphones will be put on flight mode during these phases. SAA is currently amending the safety video, safety pamphlets and its in-flight magazine to reflect the changes.”
Which means the phone can be used for the entire flight in aeroplane mode and will be able to be used with in-flight Wifi (only Mango currently in SA). Good news but a real pity it takes so long to happen.
|Phones can stay online on flights next year, says SAA
The outdated rule that phones be switched off will be scrapped in the first quarter of 2019.