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Only Good News for Travelers Looking to Keep Gadgets On During Flights

December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, the rest of the world is finally beginning to follow along.

British Airways yesterday became the first international airline to declare gadgets safe for use throughout entire flights, even during take-off and landings, and without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet.

This is not something the airline has just up and done on its own; BA secured clearance for the change from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after passing safety tests. Expect more such news from European airlines in 2014, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is next to relax gadget rules on flights.

Other airlines allowing gate-to-gate gadget use:

JetBlue: Go for it on all JetBlue flights.

Delta: FAA approval for Delta mainline domestic flights only. They expect Delta Connection flights to have the thumbs-up by the end of the year.

American: Good for all American mainline flights and American Eagle. If the flight is operated by a regional partner like SkyWest, ExpressJet, Republic or Chautauqua, then it does NOT yet have FAA approval.

United: They're calling it "offering electronics-friendly cabins." So far the FAA approval is only for United domestic mainline flights, not yet on United Express.

US Airways: Only for US Airways domestic mainline flights, not yet on US Airways Express.

Alaska Airlines: Only for Alaska Airlines mainline flights. Approval for flights operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest is expected soon.

Virgin America: All flights on all 53 of their A320 aircraft.

Hawaiian Airlines: Only for Hawaiian Airlines mainline flights; islands-from-the-air photos are now approved for take-off and landing!

[Photo: Jaunted]

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