In-flight gadget use for locals remains curbed

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-Cape Town - The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says the US Federal Aviation Authorities (FAA) approval of inflight gadget use at all stages of flight has not been put into effect in South Africa.

According to the South African Civil Aviation Regulations on Portable Electronic devices, all gadgets need to be switched off at critical stages of flight.

"As a country we haven’t changed these regulations and therefore the status quo remains. Some airlines like SAA and Mango have applied for an exemption to allow passengers to operate cellular phones with in-flight mode and the SACAA has granted approval this," Palesa Malwandla SACAA spokesperson said.

The SACAA said local airlines could approach the body with proposals to change the regulations and  for consideration by its Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARcom) but for now if you're flying domestically on any of the other carriers you will need to switch off your phones, tablets and laptops.

Neither kulula nor Mango have plans to submit a proposal and have confirmed that it will comply with SACAA regulation until further notice.

The US FAA acknowledged that implementation would vary among airlines and it expected its carriers to start submitting approval for their passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
Similarly, the UK Civil Aviation Authority estimates that it will be 'months rather than weeks' before UK passengers can play with their phone or tablet during take-off and landing. - News24 Travel

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