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Qantas, Virgin allow gate-to-gate gadget use on flights

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inflightmobilesFrom today, Qantas and Virgin passengers will be able to use their electronic devices onboard the aircraft from gate to gate.

The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) approved new in-flight rules that mean passengers don’t have to put away their smartphones, tablets and ereader products at any time – including take off and landing.

But larger devices weighing a kilo or more, like a laptop, must still be stowed for take off and landing.

And mobile devices, while they can still be used to play a game, watch a movie or read a book, must be switched to Airplane mode, which ensure there are no cellular connections.

This move allows airlines like Virgin to offer passengers in-flight entertainment via an onboard wi-fi stream to their devices.

Qantas is already offering wireless in-flight entertainment that can be streamed wirelessly to tablet devices.

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