Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Jul 2011
Total posts 48
Member since 09 May 2011
Total posts 173
Qantas consider anything larger than the safety onboard card (so an A4 sheet of paper) too large to hold for takeoff/landing and ask it be stowed
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 525
I have been asked not to use my larger tablet on take off and landing, A4 size seems to be the standard.
Member since 07 Jul 2018
Total posts 13
I suggest detaching the keyboard so it looks like just a tablet, they would see the keyboard and just register it as a laptop (which it is)
Member since 01 Jun 2017
Total posts 1
You have never been allowed to use the Surface Pro on take off or landing in tablet mode. I see at least 3 people each week get told to stow them away, same with iPad Pro 12.9s. OP your luck ran out and you were finally caught!
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
That electronics policy seems as consistent as the onboard luggage policy.
Member since 01 Aug 2018
Total posts 4
Depends on the crew - but as others have suggested, anything larger than the safety card is too big.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 13 Dec 2015
Total posts 27
I used to travel with a corporate laptop. The need to stow the thing during takeoff and landing was always a pain. I switched to a normal iPad Pro with keyboard. I don’t need to take it out for most security situations, it doesn’t need to go above and aside from it being a little clunky it provides the same functionality. It also helps as I got sick of carrying a laptop around Sydney and Melbourne between meetings.
Member since 30 Oct 2018
Total posts 7
I travel with an iPad Mini which I purely have for airline travel. Allows me to read a book or watch my movie everytime. That said, I recall a Rex Airlines flight a few years ago where I was asked to put my physical book away during takeoff/landing!
Member since 10 Jul 2017
Total posts 86
what were you watching on netflix?
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