Southwest Airlines eases electronics restrictions

11:22 AM, Nov 22, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - Southwest Airlines is now the latest carrier to allow you to use your personal electronics during all phases of flight. Six other airlines have also jumped on board with the easing of restrictions.  But not every personal electronic device can still be used.

Southwest is reminding passengers that bulky laptops and devices larger than a tabled must be stowed during taxi, takeoff, and landing.

But at the same time, the airline is taking the opportunity to advertise its in-flight Wi-Fi services.

Under the new rules you can use your gadgets including your cell phone during takeoff and landing as long as the phone is set to airplane mode which will not allow phone calls or text messages.

Delta and Jetblue were the first airlines to change their policies. They were quickly followed by American, United, Alaska, and US Airways. The only major carriers remaining are Frontier Airlines and Virgin America.

This comes after the FAA ruled late last month that the radio signals from personal electronic devices didn't pose a threat to the safety of aircraft during takeoff and landing.

The remaining airlines are expected to lift their restrictions as well before the end of the year.


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