Travellers can use devices from gate to gate

Qantas and Virgin Australia expect to be able to offer passengers gate-to-gate use of their iPads and small devices as the Australian safety watchdog relaxes restrictions.

The airlines have submitted plans to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for an exemption to rules that prohibit using personal electronic devices other than at cruising altitude.

The airlines are also applying to offer passengers gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment.

Laptops will not be included in the change and passengers will still need to put their phones into flight mode unless the aircraft is fitted with a mobile base station called a Pico cell.

No Australian airlines have fitted their aircraft with that capability.

Regulators are concerned that laptops could become dangerous projectiles in turbulence, more common during take-off and landing.

News Break - August 26

The West Australian

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