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Mid-air mobile, no calls

New Delhi, April 23: For those craving to listen to music or play video games on their mobiles on a low-cost plane, here’s some good news: you can do so, provided your toy is kept in “flight mode” all through.

The civil aviation authority today allowed the use of portable electronic devices, including mobile phones, in non-transmission mode during the full duration of a flight.

This does not mean that you can make calls on the mobile or send emails as your flight is cruising. What the new rule ensures is you can use your electronic devices for activities other than communication even during take-off and landing.

At present, non-transmission functions are not allowed on any device at these two stages, so all devices have to be turned off. The mobile has to be kept off all through. But laptops can be used in-flight without access to the Net.

The “flight mode” setting, which stops signal transmission, is now available on most mobiles and portable devices. It switches off all wireless activity, including mobile phone services, text messaging, WiFi and Bluetooth.


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