Expanded electronics use on American Air flights begins today [Chicago Tribune]
(Chicago Tribune (IL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 04--Beginning Monday afternoon, American Airlines passengers will be able to use their personal electronics devices during takeoffs and landings, the airline said.
The change comes after the Federal Aviation Administration last week provided guidelines for airlines to begin allowing the devices to be used below 10,000 feet. American received FAA approval Monday.
Beginning 5 p.m. Monday, American customers can read their e-books, finish reviewing work documents, listen to music or watch videos on handheld devices from "gate to gate," which includes taxi-ing, takeoff and landing.
American is the second-largest carrier in Chicago, next to United Airlines.
The change is for American Airlines mainline fleet of planes operating in the United States, as well as its regional jets operated by American Eagle Airlines. The airline said it is working with regional jet partners to bring the same benefit to all regional flights by the end of the year.
While passengers will be able to use their smartphones for some functions, voice calls are not allowed. And larger items, notably laptop computers, still must be stowed during takeoffs and landings.
Other airlines are also pursuing, or have received, the same permission. For example, Delta Air Lines received FAA approval and on Friday began allowing devices to be used below 10,000 feet.
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