About time Air NZ

July 5th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Air NZ reports:

customers will be some of the first in the Asia Pacific region to be able to use their handheld portable electronic devices in non-transmitting mode for the entire duration of their flights following approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

From 16 July the airline will allow the use of handheld portable electronic devices including tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players during all phases of flight provided the devices are in flight mode. Previously customers could not use their devices during the taxi, take-off and landing phases of flight.

Yay. No more having the Kindle off for almost half the flight.

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14 Responses to “About time Air NZ”

  1. Sporteone (17 comments) says:

    This was always a very strange rule by Air New Zealand. Tests as far back as 5 years ago, from the US FAA, showed that they did not interfere with the electronics on the plane. At least at the altitude they fly at we won’t have to put up with annoyong passengers talking on their phones.

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  2. Ed Snack (1,734 comments) says:

    Do note, that the hold up was at least in part due to the NZCAA, and not ANZ alone. Perhaps ANZ could have asked more forcefully, but the CAA rules.

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  3. dirty harry (422 comments) says:

    First world problems eh..

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  4. thedavincimode (6,530 comments) says:

    Too late for Banksie.

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  5. Redbaiter (7,565 comments) says:

    In other words all of the previous inconvenience was for SFA.

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  6. TM (98 comments) says:

    Finally. It used to piss me off when they got anal about turning off my ipod 30 minutes before landing (back when I used an ipod).

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  7. peterwn (3,150 comments) says:

    thedavincimode – Banksie was clobbered for using a cell phone in flight – using transmitting devices in flight is still a no-no. Also using cell phones at high altitude can cause cell phone companies problems as the phone is in range of a large number of sites thus creating a high amount of ‘administrative’ (non-speech or non-data) traffic.

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  8. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    Excellent, those ascent and descent times with all things off were always aggravating. Could never quite see the point of not being able to enjoy the quiet isolation of music on an MP3 player or distraction of an eReader.

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  9. ross411 (220 comments) says:

    I never turned mine off, and my flights never crashed. In fact, when the kindly soul in the seat in front of me would put their seat back, I’d turn the wifi on and try to repeatedly search for networks. Much disappointment.. :-(

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  10. G152 (144 comments) says:

    Cellphones have been used midflight and not only by passengers

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  11. Nukuleka (203 comments) says:

    Does this mean that I might have to sit for the entirety of a long haul flight with my neighbour jabbering away loudly into his/ her cellphone? Or have I missed something here? Would someone enlighten me please.

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  12. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    @Nukuleka

    No, because devices still have to be in a non-transmitting, flight mode.
    What it means that as planes descend/land and ascend/takeoff, you will be able to read an ebook uninterrupted or listen to music. You won’t even feel an obligation to talk to the passengers next to you.

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  13. Redbaiter (7,565 comments) says:

    ” You won’t even feel an obligation to talk to the passengers next to you.”

    Oh, an elitist.

    Far too superior to engage in civil discourse with any fellow traveller.

    I’m always so thrilled when I find I’m seated next to one.

    When I leave the plane, I like to think some of their exclusivity might have rubbed off on to me.

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  14. IC5000 (49 comments) says:

    “Redbaiter (7,394 comments) says:
    July 5th, 2014 at 2:30 pm
    ” You won’t even feel an obligation to talk to the passengers next to you.”

    Far too superior to engage in civil discourse with any fellow traveller.”

    I try not to engage my fellow passenger because a) they may value their privacy as I do or b) they may be mentally ill (such as yourself) with openly racist and fascistic beliefs and being exposed to your insane utterances within a confined space could overcome my self-restraint not to punch you in the face as most right thinking people would.

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