AIRLINE British Airways is rather pleased to announce that it has relaxed the rules on the use of handheld devices during takeoff and landing, and will let people indulge their fingers, in flight mode, at these times.
This should give time-pressed people more time to draft emails, defeat ninjas, and run away from, or in the direction of, various colourful obstacles.
BA said it is following the lead of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which has accepted the use of handheld devices at these times. Since it kicks off today, 19 December, BA claims to be the first airline in Europe to be doing so. It adds that the CAA is up to date on what it is doing, and that it complies with safety rules and restrictions.
"We know that our customers want to use their handheld electronic devices more, so this will be very welcome news for them. The easing of restrictions will provide an average of 30 minutes additional personal screen time. With around 300 people on a long-haul flight that will mean a combined total of approximately 150 hours extra viewing, reading or working!" said Captain Ian Pringle, flight training manager at British Airways.
"We are incredibly pleased to be the first airline in Europe to introduce these changes, which will be of great benefit to our customers on any British Airways flight anywhere in the world."
This is another first for BA and earlier this year it became the first of its peers to let passengers call, text and send emails after landing and taxiing. µ