British Airways will become the first airline in Europe to allow its customers to use electronic devices in the air.
From tomorrow, British Airways customers will be able to use their tablet devices in 'flight safe' mode from the moment they board the plane.
The airline has demonstrated to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that the changes will comply with all existing safety regulations.
Customers can now use their handheld devices during taxiing, take off and landing.
– Captain Ian Pringle, British Airways' flight training manager
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! 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.”