BA allows mobile device usage during take off and landing

British Airways announced on Thursday, 19th December, that it is allowing passengers to use their mobile phones and tablet devices during take-off and landing.

Usage will be limited to reading, listening to music and watching films - making phone calls, text messaging and emailing is still prohibited, and devices must still have flight mode enabled throughout the flights.

The new rule means that devices will not have to be switched off when an aircraft prepares to take-off and land, allowing passengers to use their devices for around 30 minutes extra on a flight.

Please note however, this ruling is only valid on British Airways flights.

British Airways is the first European airline to implement these changes to the use of mobile phones and tables on aircraft, although other airlines are expected to follow suit.

Many US airlines have already lifted restrictions following the relaxing of usage rules by the American Federal Aviation Authority several months ago.