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Cathay extends usage of portable electronic devices

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Passengers aboard Cathay Pacific flights can now enjoy uninterrupted use of certain portable electronic devices.  

As from this week Cathay passengers are no longer required to switch off the portable electronic devices they carry onboard (with the exception of laptops) during take-off and landing.  

The relaxing of restrictions follows the amendment of regulations on the use of such devices by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD).  

Cellular communication devices such as mobile phones must be switched to Flight Safe/Airplane mode with the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions disabled.  

Plugging devices into the aircraft’s utility electrical power supply outlets will not be permitted during takeoff and landing. 

The new guidelines apply to:

  • Mobile phones, tablets, iPads, eBooks and PDAs, all of which need to be in Flight Safe/Airplane mode with the cellular transmission, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functions disabled
  • Handheld games consoles
  • Media players such as MP3/MP4 players, audio recorders, audio headsets and iPods
  • Handheld photographic and video equipment such as cameras, mini-video players and camcorders

Larger personal electronic devices including laptops and notebooks must be switched off and stowed away for takeoff and landing in accordance with the current procedures. All devices put into checked luggage must be powered off. 

Cathay Pacific General Manager Product Toby Smith said: “We welcome the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department’s amendment of regulations concerning the use of personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing. 

“We are committed to improving our products and services to make flying a more pleasurable experience. We are sure our passengers will appreciate the opportunity to use their personal devices throughout the whole flight.”

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