British Airways Relaxes Mobile Phone Usage Policy
Makes calling ahead for your lift a bit easier.
A couple of months back, Virgin Atlantic started offering cell service to travelers on its new A330 Airbus flying between London and New York. Now British Airways is embracing cell phone lovers by relaxing its policy on cell phone use inside its planes.
British Airways passengers will now be allowed to use their phones as soon as the plane has left the runway. BA claims it is the first European airlines to let customers switch on their phones while the plane is still moving. Previously, passengers had to wait until the aircraft had come to a complete stop and the doors were open. The change doesn't just apply to cell phones, by the way. BA customers can now use iPads, Kindles, eReaders and mobile phones before the seatbelt light is even turned off.
Late last year, BA announced changes that meant customers on long-haul flights were allowed to watch in-flight entertainment from the moment they board the aircraft to the time it arrives at its destination. The change came into play on December 1, 2012, and affords passengers an extra hour of inflight entertainment.
BA's new policy on the use of electronics will come into play on July 1.