Passengers may soon be able to use electronics on flights

AUSTRALIAN airlines are closely watching the aviation regulator after American airlines were given the go-ahead to allow passengers to use electronic devices during take-off and landing.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is now "examining" the decision made by America's Federal Aviation Administration on Friday but is yet to foreshadow any changes.

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia are eagerly awaiting a review by CASA, which would allow a better roll-out of its in-flight gizmos.

Qantas will keep banning devices during take-off and landing but said it was "always interested in regulatory changes" that could benefit customers.

Meanwhile, Virgin Australia is understood to be very keen to see a CASA-led review of the regulations.

It provides free entertainment on its flights, which could be used "gate-to-gate" if the rules were relaxed.

The latest changes by the FAA still mean mobile phones would have to be kept in "aircraft mode" at all times.


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