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China finally lets passengers use phones in flight mode

01/18/2018| 9:25:50 AM| 中文

Considering the increasingly relaxed attitude to the onboard use of mobile phones in other countries, other Chinese airlines are likely to quickly follow China Eastern’s lead.

China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines on January 17 became the first Chinese airline to let passengers use mobile phones in flight mode.

This follows relaxation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) of a longstanding rule prohibiting mobile phones to be turned on at all in aircraft. Now they can, in flight mode, if the airline allows it.

Hainan Airlines has further taken advantage of the change to begin providing an inflight wireless internet service.

Considering the increasingly relaxed attitude to the onboard use of mobile phones in other countries, other Chinese airlines are likely to quickly follow China Eastern’s lead.

The CAAC’s rule change will also gratify several Chinese towns and villages that have prepared for the change by creating vast QR codes visible from the air on their territory. In at least one case, this was done by planting and carefully trimming hedges.

The localities have done this in the hope that people in passing aircraft would scan the codes and thereby learn through a social media app of the joys of visiting them. But until now, the passengers could not legally take out their phones to do so, and the apps would need a cabin internet connection to work.

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