Posted on: 11 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Finnair has been approved by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency to allow passengers the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) during take-off and landing.
Passengers on Finnair flights may use handheld devices throughout all phases of flight, as long as the devices – such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers – are kept in flight mode. Passengers may still be asked to switch off their devices if landing in low visibility conditions.
The airline does not consider laptop computers to be handheld devices, so these are still to be switched off and stored properly during take-off and landing.
“Since the European Aviation Safety Agency recently eased its regulations concerning the operation of portable electronic devices, we have sought to apply these regulations to policies on board Finnair flights,” said Antti Aukia, Finnair’s VP Safety and Quality Management. “Now with the necessary approvals in place, we are able to do so.”