Finnair approves gate-to-gate use of electronic devices

10 Apr 2014 by Clement Huang

Finnair customers are now permitted to use electronic handheld devices throughout all phases of flight, following approval from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).

“Since the European Aviation Safety Agency recently eased its regulations concerning the operation of portable electronic devices, we have sought to apply these regulations to policies on board Finnair flights,” said Antti Aukia, Finnair’s vice president of safety and quality management.

While the service will be available on all Finnair-operated flights, it does not apply to heavier devices such as laptops, which the airline states still have to be stowed either under the seat or in the overhead compartments during takeoff and descent.

However, handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers may be used freely as long as they are kept in flight mode. Passengers may still be asked to switch off their devices if the aircraft is landing in low visibility conditions.

Other carriers that allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices from gate-to-gate include Korean Air (see here) and Lufthansa (see here).

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Clement Huang

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