BA's Taking the First Step to Lifting Mobile Phone Restrictions

By Sam Gibbs on at

From July 1st, you'll be able to make calls from your phone just after the wheels touch tarmac on British Airways flights. The airline is the first in Europe to lift bans on powered-up electronics, allowing you to use your gadgets the moment the plane has landed and trundled off the runway.

Unfortunately, you'll still need to keep everything powered off for takeoff for now, and during the actual flying to or from the ground bit, but it's the first step to allowing you to use electronics throughout the flight.

The American FAA is currently looking at lifting the restrictions of gadget use in-flight, which combined with this move from BA looks really promising. We might finally enter the 21st century of flight. [BBC]

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