You can use most electronic gadgets on board our aircraft, but there are some you definitely can’t use. Here’s a list of electronic devices and exactly when you can use them.
What you can use at any time:
- Anything that’s already part of the aircraft, including the inflight entertainment system
- CD players and digital audio or MP3 players
- Your electric watch
- Electric shavers—only in the bathrooms
- Personal medical devices—that includes hearing aids, pacemakers, life support systems, and electronic nerve simulators
What you can use at any time when switched to flight mode:
(Putting your device in flight mode means all the transmitting services, like Wi-Fi, GSM, GPRS/EDGE, and Bluetooth, are off.)
- Mobile phones
- Tablets—for example, iPads and Kindles
- Electronic games—for example, Nintendo DS
- Bluetooth devices
On aircraft that have Wi-Fi, mobile phone, and data roaming services, you can use all the above handheld electronic devices, but they must be in flight mode for taxi, takeoff, approach, and landing.
During the flight, usually a few minutes after takeoff, your cabin crew will tell you when you can turn off flight mode and start using transmitting services on your device.
Towards the end of your flight, they’ll let you know when to turn on flight mode for landing.
What you can use during flight only:
- Portable DVD players
You must put these electronic devices away in the overhead lockers or under the seat in front of you during taxi, takeoff, approach, and landing. The cabin crew will let you know when you can use them.
What you definitely can’t use at any time on our flights:
- AM/FM radios
- VHF scanner receivers
- Portable TV sets
- Radio-controlled toys
- Two-way transmitters such as walkie-talkies, amateur radios, citizen band (CB) radios, 49 Mhz transmitters
- GPS systems