Air NZ passengers can now use inflight gadgets

Air travellers can now use phones, e-readers, tablets and MP3 players from gate-to-gate after the Civil Aviation Authority relaxed its rules around handheld portable electronic devices.

Provided electronic devices are in non-transmitting mode, Air New Zealand will from this month allow them to be used for the duration of flights, the airline said today.

Previously customers could not use their devices during the taxi, take-off and landing phases of flight.

Air New Zealand passengers will be some of the first in the Asia Pacific region to be able to use electronic devices in this fashion, the airline said.

From July 16 it will allow the use of devices including tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players during all phases of flight, provided they are in flight mode.

But not all aircraft would have the option, Air New Zealand said.

Initially it would be be available to customers on domestic and international services operated by Airbus A320 and Boeing 787-9, 777-200 and 777-300 aircraft.

There were plans to include Air New Zealand's regional turbo prop and Boeing 767-300 fleets over time, subject to regulatory approval.

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