Effective from 1st July, all passengers arriving on a British Airways flight will be able to use their mobile devices as soon as the aircraft has landed.
At the moment, passengers are used to the pilot asking them to refrain from switching on mobiles etc until the aircraft has come to a complete stop at the gate. The change in policy comes after British Airways proved to the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) that there were no risks to safety.
The new policy applies to British Airways flights anywhere in the world although the policy on departures remains the same; passengers must turn off their mobile devices before the aircraft pushes back from the gate.
Commenting on the news, Ian Pringle from British Airways had this to say: “Customers will no longer have the frustration of having to wait until their plane has arrived at the terminal building before being able to use their mobile phones and other handheld electronic devices. Now they’ll have that extra time to phone ahead for that important business meeting, check their emails, or make sure someone is there to meet them at the airport.”
Previously, British Airways had also become the first UK airline to run its in-flight entertainment program from the moment passengers board, till the moment they left the aircraft.