Qantas and Virgin customers can now keep their phones on for entire flight duration

Starting today, Qantas and Virgin customers will no longer need to turn off their personal electronic devices during taxi, take-off and landing. Provided the device is in flight mode, passengers will be able to use their smartphones, tablets, music players and portable gaming devices for the flight's entire duration.

By Alex Choros

Starting today, Qantas and Virgin customers will no longer need to turn off their personal electronic devices during taxi, take-off and landing. Provided the device is in flight mode, passengers will be able to use their smartphones, tablets, music players and portable gaming devices for the flight's entire duration. Due to their weight, laptops are excluded from "gate-to-gate" gadget usage.

Virgin adopted these new rules from their first flight this morning, whereas Qantas will follow suit at 3pm today on all domestic and international flights.

Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said rigorous testing was conducted to assess the impact of electronic devices on aircraft safety. "We are confident that these devices are safe to be turned on, but in flight mode, for the duration of each flight,” said Strambi.

Jetstar, QantasLink and Tiger customers will still be required to switch off gadgets, but the airlines are in the final stages of preparing their submission to the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for approval. In addition, customers on certain regional and international Virgin flights are currently exempt from these new rules.

Source: Qantas, Australian Business Traveller

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