Two airlines allowing electronic devices on flights

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
International and domestic passengers flying Qantas and Virgin Australia will now be allowed to keep their electronic devices on during the flight.

The policy applies to domestic and short-haul Virgin Australia flights and all domestic and international Qantas flights.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (NBC) - If you dread hearing the "Turn off all electronic devices" announcement while flying, you may jump for joy after hearing this story.

Starting Tuesday, international and domestic passengers flying Qantas and Virgin Australia will now be allowed to keep their electronic devices on during the flight.

The policy applies to domestic and short-haul Virgin Australia flights and all domestic and international Qantas flights.

The new rules still require the devices to be in "flight-mode" for the duration of the flight but passengers will still be able to use tablets, e-readers, small games consoles and smartphones during take-off and landing.

Passengers were previously asked to switch off these types of devices during flights for safety reasons but now aircraft are being designed so that smartphones and other electronic devices do not cause any interference with aircraft electronics.


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