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Gate-to-gate PED usage sweeps through airline industry

The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) has become the latest regulator to amend its rules regarding the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate.

Understandably, carriers are keen to take advantage of the changes as soon as possible. Both Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Dragonair have released a statement saying they will begin allowing the use of smartphones, tablets and e-readers from take-off to landing as of 15 September. All Nippon Airways introduced the new rules on 1 September.

Jetstar Airlines, a subsidiary of Qantas, has also announced its intention to allow the use of PEDs throughout the entire flight. It follows closely behind Qantas and Virgin Australia, who were the first Australian airlines to benefit from the new developments after changes implemented by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

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