Air New Zealand is the latest airline to allow passengers to use tablets, smartphones, ebook readers and MP3 players for the entire duration of their trip, from before take-off to after landing.
The Kiwi carrier says that travellers on selected flights will be able to use 'handheld portable electronic devices' on a gate-to-gate basis from July 16 following approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.
The first services to get the green light are domestic and international services flights by Airbus A320 and Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
Air New Zealand says it plans to extend this arrangement to "regional turbo prop and Boeing 767-300 fleets over time, subject to regulatory approval."
Gadgets which are capable of transmitting will have to remain in flight mode, however, and even the skinniest of laptops will still need to be stowed for take-off and landing.
“We are living in a digital age where the majority of our customers use electronic devices while travelling" said Air New Zealand’s General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui. "Today’s announcement will give customers further freedom to use their handheld devices to take photos, listen to music or watch pre-loaded movies gate to gate."
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