SpiceJet Ltd is one of the fastest growing airline company in India has now begun allowing the use of mobile phones and Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) during the flights as long as the devices are kept in the ‘flight’ more or ‘airplane’ mode. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently made some important changes in their regulation which has allowed SpiceJet to bring these facilities to their passengers.
SpiceJet is the first airline in the country to allow the use of PEDs and implement the DGCA’s recently changed rules in their flights. However, the phones and personal devices must be put into flight mode and then switched off prior to takeoff. But the cabin crew will inform the passengers once the flight is airborne when they can switch on the devices for use in ‘flight mode’.
“We are very pleased to be the first airline in India to implement this customer-friendly enhancement,” said Sanjiv Kapoor, COO, SpiceJet Ltd. “Our customers can now use their smart phones during the flight to watch movies, listen to music, read books, read and compose emails and other documents, and use their phone cameras (where permitted), like customers already do during a flight in many other parts of the world. We congratulate and thank the DGCA for making this very timely and customer-friendly enhancement to the regulations in line with global practices,” he added.
Currently the use of phones and PEDs on all flights of SpiceJet Ltd will be prohibited only during take-off and landing procedures even in ‘airplane mode’. But passengers will be allowed use of their devices only once the flight closes 10,000 feet in altitude. Flight mode does shut off the phone’s ability to transmit to a tower. Hence the phone will be unable to make any sort of communication or any type of transmission related activity when it is in flight mode.
But as a safety precaution the phones and devices will still need to be turned-off during take-off/landing as this requires additional aircraft related certifications which are difficult and time consuming to attain. SpiceJet will follow DGCA’s change in rules but it is also reviewing all possible implications of allowing usage of devices in flight. This is just to be on the safe side of the regulatory authority which is known to fine and penalize airlines for not adhering to its guidelines.