DGCA allows use of gadgets in flight

DGCA allows use of gadgets in flight

Allows use of PEDs, including cellphones

Allows use of PEDs, including cellphones

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has amended its CAR Section 5 Series X Part I relating to air

Passengers can now use portable devices in flight
Passengers can now use portable devices in flight

safety.

The regulator has decided to allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs), including cellphones. The use of PEDs shall be in the non-transmitting mode commonly called flight/airplane mode. The amended CAR also directs all operators for reporting of any suspected or confirmed PED interference, smoke or fire caused by PEDs to the DGCA.

The scheduled operators raised the demand for allowing use of PEDs during all phases of flight in the flight or airplane mode. The DGCA examined their demand in view of the new and current regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Under the FAA and the EASA Regulations, the use of PEDs is allowed in the airplane mode in all phases of flight.

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