Use electronic devices inflight, on flight-mode


Air passengers can now use portable electronic devices such as mobiles, laptops and tablets in all phases of flight, the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Wednesday.

In a notice, the air regulator said, “The DGCA has amended its Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) relating to air safety today and decided to allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) including cellphones. The use of PEDs shall be in the non-transmitting mode commonly called flight/airplane mode”.

Prior to this amendment, the rules prohibited the in-air use of electronic devices by passengers. Hence, before take offs, cabin crew asked flyers to switch off all cell phones and other electronic devices such as lap tops and electronic book readers. Passengers could switch these on only post-landing.

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