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Hawaiian Airlines to allow use of portable electronic devices on flights

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 01:37 a.m. HST, Nov 22, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday it will begin allowing customers to use their own personal portable electronic devices on "airplane mode" during all phases of domestic flights, from takeoff through landing, and during more phases on international flights.

The move follows a policy change announced Oct. 31 by the Federal Aviation Administration after it determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of PEDs during all phases of flights. The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry. The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs.

"We applaud the FAA's new policy and are excited to allow our customers to use their devices throughout their flight when they travel with us," Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. "We're committed to improving the travel experience for our customers."

Under previous FAA regulations, travelers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices during flight when the aircraft is below 10,000 feet. The new policy allows Hawaiian's customers to use their own personal small electronic devices that include smartphones, tablets, e-readers, music players and other small electronic devices under 2 pounds during all phases of the flight from gate-to-gate, with limited restrictions, unless otherwise instructed by the inflight crew.

For more information on PED usage and restrictions on Hawaiian flights, go to www.HawaiianAirlines.com/News/PED.

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Oahuan wrote:
Are we allowed to make calls with our smart phones?
on November 21,2013 | 12:06PM
otoko wrote:
"airplane mode" during all phases of domestic flights ... this does not allow cellular service.
on November 21,2013 | 12:15PM
kuewa wrote:
I sure hope not.
on November 21,2013 | 02:04PM
kasogat wrote:
Not a big difference, but ok.
on November 21,2013 | 01:03PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Change the headline.....Hawaiian already allows the use of PEDs inflight. Now they allow it during takeoff and landing. Big deal.
on November 21,2013 | 04:38PM
patk wrote:
"The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs."

Hmmmm most planes means not all planes.
on November 21,2013 | 05:05PM
RW wrote:
This is a very misleading headline. The only restriction previously was that they could not be used below 10,000 feet altitude. Most of the other airlines are already allowing portable electronic devices, and made the change earlier in the month. Hawaiian Airlines is late in making this change. American does not allow laptops to be used during takeoff and landing, but iPads, iPhones etc can be used as long as they are in airplane mode.
on November 22,2013 | 02:13AM
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