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Starting on Thursday, passengers on China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines can use their mobile phones during flights, as the Civil Aviation Administration of China has loosened the restrictions on in-flight portable electronic devices.

According to a notice issued by the CAAC on Tuesday, airliners can now make their own rules for passenger use of electronic devices and apply for approval from the CAAC.

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines announced on Wednesday that its passengers will be able to use their smartphones, pads, laptops and other portable electronic devices during the flights starting on Thursday, but the phones have to be switched to airplane mode.

China Eastern has been taking the lead in promoting in-flight Wi-Fi services in recent years. The company is offering in-flight Wi-Fi service on 74 airplanes.

In-flight Wi-Fi is currently available on all China Eastern's international long-haul routes and 166 domestic routes, and the new rules may enhance passengers' surfing experience if they can use their mobile terminals.

"I have been waiting a long time for the day to come because I spend too much time flying, and it is boring," said Li Yi, who flies frequently domestically due to work.

Hainan Airlines, China's largest private air carrier, announced that it is ready to allow the use of portable electronic devices in the air starting on Thursday, Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

Mobile phones are not banned on many international airlines, but due to Chinese policy, passengers have to turn them off while flying in China.

China Eastern has already launched tests for using phones, said an insider from China Eastern who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Spring Airlines will complete an evaluation as soon as possible, and passengers are expected to be able to use their electronic devices, including mobile phones, in the first half of this year," said Spring Airlines spokesman Zhang Wu'an.


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It is good that phone calls won't be allowed on board planes, as it is annoying to hear people talking ceaselessly into the handsets while you just want some shut-eye.

Wi-Fi connection definitely would be welcomed, as you don't have to stay idle all the time during a flight, in particularly long-haul ones. If all the incoming emails could be cleared in the air, then there is no need to burn the mid-night oil when on the ground.
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Theres 2 airlines to avoid..
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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how long do you think it will take before the next air rage incident starts over someone using their phones on a flight?
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Liononthehunt Post time: 2018-1-18 12:00
It is good that phone calls won't be allowed on board planes, as it is annoying to hear people talki ...

Do you really think people can make calls 10.000 meters above the ground? The connection to cell towers ends almost right away after take off. The inflight wifi is not good enough to make calls, so if people typing their phones to use WeChat or Whatsapp bothers you, you should seek help or fly first class in a private booth.

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