The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday has lifted the ban on the use of personal electronic devices like cell phones at all times during a flight, provided they are used in a non-transmitting or “Airplane” mode vide Notification No. F. No. AV. 15011/CAR/05/2014-AS Dated 23rd April 2014.
By allowing the use of cellphones, tablets and other such electronic devices on airplane/flight mode, passengers would now be able to play games, listen to music, watch videos or type out mails on their devices in the flight.
Prior to the change, the regulations clearly barred the use of cellphones during all phases of a flight. Passengers were only allowed to switch the phones on after the plane had landed and taxied off the active runway.