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Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?  
User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3748 times:
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IIRC, in Australia (QF), you are allowed to switch on your cell phone / mobile phone after the plane has landed and you taxi towards the terminal. In South Africa it is a no-no.

This afternoon, after we had landed (DH8) in BFN from JNB, a gentleman switched on his cell phone. This was after the plane came to a complete stop at the apron, the props had stopped turning, the seatbelt signs had been switched off and the cockpit door had been opened. Passengers were standing in the aisles waiting for the door to be opened, when the flight attendant told the gentleman in a bitchy condescending tone that he was not allowed to do that, because it had an impact on the aircraft's avionics.

Is what she said in fact true, at that stage anyway? What policies are in place in your respective countries or at your airlines, regarding this matter?


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

With Swiss International you can use them when the aircraft doors are open/not yet closed.

With Lufthansa I think it is only allowed when inside the airterminal (at least that is what they said).



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
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Quoting SA7700 (Thread starter):
Is what she said in fact true, at that stage anyway?

It doesn't matter, the rules say the aircraft door must be open before you use your phone. I get so pissed off when I hear a phone beeping while we are still taxiing or see people in the aisle before the plane has stopped. An extra 30 seconds won't kill you. Mind you, considering the general lack of respect for law and authority here it is to be expected.

BTW I was told the same thing by a LH f/a once after landing in JHB (seatbelt signs off and people standing) but I was right at the back of the 744 so couldn't see the door  Smile



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User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Airlines can get some sort of FAA certification to allow passengers to use their phones after they turn off the active runway, but other than that, it's no phones unless the doors are open. Most airlines do have the certification though, I know US Airways, American and AirTran have it.

AAndrew


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3712 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
I get so pissed off when I hear a phone beeping while we are still taxiing or see people in the aisle before the plane has stopped.

I hate it as well. Mind you, I have been on a JNB-BFN flight where an SMS (text message) actually came through on a cell phone, while we were cruising over Welkom (that is more than midway to BFN)! Another time, from JFK-JNB, a passenger's cell phone started ringing just after we rotated.


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User currently offlineHeisan67 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

In Norway the 2 largest airlines, SAS Braathens, and Norwegian, allow use of mobile phones on the ground when the fasten seat belt sign is off.

User currently offlineAisak From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 762 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

Here in Spain

There's a "NO MOBILE BEYOND THIS POINT" at the gate but we actually ignore it until you enter the plane (some people wait until the plane is ready to leave the gate...)

For landing FA announce that seat-belt must be fasten until the sb sign is off and the mobile phones sahall not be used until set foot on the terminal.

Guess what happens at the very first moment the plane is stopped  Smile


User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

IIRC, most airlines require you to switch off your mobile phone after you have boarded the aircraft and the doors are closed. I always switch my mobile phone when I am sitting in the plane and the F/A start the safety briefing and never had problems until now.

On the other hand, I have a second question. Maybe it has been answered on this forum; in this case, pleas just post a link to that topic, will you? Smile. AFAIK there is a chance that radiation from mobile phones might interfere with avionics, even with the altimeter on some planes. Does the radiation produced by mobile phones interfere with avionics that are relevant on the ground? If this is not the case, then why are some airlines forbidding the use of the mobile phone in the aircraft at all?

Cheers, Steph


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3631 times:
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Quoting Steph001 (Reply 7):
Does the radiation produced by mobile phones interfere with avionics that are relevant on the ground? If this is not the case, then why are some airlines forbidding the use of the mobile phone in the aircraft at all?

That is what I would like to know as well. If you can switch on your phone on a QF flight, after it has landed, why not on other airlines? Does the phone truly have an impact on avionics if it has come to a complete stop at the terminal, the engines have stopped and the seatbelt signs have been switched off?


Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineMetropolitan From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

I keep wondering if the mobile phone is so dangerous after all. If it was, why are you allowed to bring it aboard at all?

I bet that it is quite common that someone forgets to turn it off during a flight.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

Out here its No Cell phones on after Aircraft Doors closed & until they are opened.
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MEL



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3621 times:
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QFs rules are the same in NZ

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12082 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3570 times:
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Forgot to ad, NZ also have the same rules. Recently the NZ CAA changed the rules, but NZ and QF are working throu the new rules

User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3493 times:

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 1):
With Swiss International you can use them when the aircraft doors are open/not yet closed.

The same with AZ.


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