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BA To Run IFE From Takeoff To Landing.  
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3319 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13425 times:

Did not see this posted.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...ared-for-take-off-and-landing.html

"British Airways has reached an agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority which will allow passengers to use an aircraft’s in-flight entertainment system from the moment they reach their seat to when they arrive at their destination."

"The change, which begins on Saturday, will also end the ritual of cabin crew collecting headsets from passengers during the closing stages of the flight."

This only applies to aircraft fitted with the new Thales system.


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User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1603 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13363 times:

Customers in Club and First will still have to stow their screens during taxi, takeoff and landing so not exactly gate to gate.

User currently offlineFaddyPainter From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2010, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13189 times:

So what is it that is particular about this Thales system as compared to others which may not be used until after takeoff? I would have thought that all fixed aircraft IFE would be stringently tested for electromagnetic compatibility etc regardless of whether its use is intended during critical phases of flight or not.

Are the certification requirements really so different for take-off and landing use?


User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5167 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12958 times:

I noticed this recently on a United flight into Glasgow - the IFE remained on right to the gate.

Why is this not done more often by other airlines?



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21691 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12887 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 3):
I noticed this recently on a United flight into Glasgow - the IFE remained on right to the gate.

This has been the case with UA for as long as I can remember (though not for main cabin screens, just audio and perhaps PTVs). JetBlue also keeps their TVs running from gate to gate (though the pay-per-view movies don't start until after takeoff). I suspect it's a US vs. EU regulation thing.

-Mir



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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5057 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12857 times:

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 3):

Why is this not done more often by other airlines?

It is dependent upon the laws of the country governing the airline/aircraft. In this case, as stated above, it was a change in air regulations as administered by the Civil Aviation Authority.



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User currently offlineakelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2193 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12858 times:

I've had the AVOD on to the gate on Delta flights as well. Delta uses a Panasonic system. Not sure what the big deal is?

[Edited 2012-11-27 09:02:57]

User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12817 times:

I'm guessing their 744s don't have the new Thales system. I got all excited there for a second, I'm flying LAX-LHR-BLR this saturday.


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User currently offlineLHRFlyer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 817 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12773 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
This only applies to aircraft fitted with the new Thales system.

Not true. It applies to all aircraft except the few remaining that don't have on-demand IFE.


User currently offlinejr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 968 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12750 times:

Quoting akelley728 (Reply 6):
I've had the AVOD on to the gate on Delta flights as well. Delta uses a Panasonic system. Not sure what the big deal is?

I can only remember a couple of times when I have had the delta AVOD gate to gate. They typically start it after take off, but in most cases they have let it run till reaching the gate at the destination, although sometimes it is shut off prior to landing.

Was on a domestic 763 just this past Saturday, and they started it after 10,000 feet, and we had the programming run till we got to the gate at ATL.



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User currently offlinepegasus1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 12558 times:

Frontier also run their IFE until arrival at the gate. I had the dubious pleasure of watching the documentary on the Hudson ditching on my last flight with them (a while back now), with the computer simulation and footage of the US Airways Airbus approaching the Hudson showing on screen as we descended into La Guardia. Eerie, to say the least, and 'perfect' timing! The FAs had instructed us all to remove headsets in preparation for landing (not strictly enforced) but left the IFE and screens on until we reached the gate.

As a general note, though, I thought the rationale behind the turning off of all electronic devices once seat belt signs are on - and the removal of headsets, earphones and earplugs - was more to do with trying to ensure passengers were not distracted at what is considered a critical stage of the flight, rather than any perceived danger from the use of electrical devices per se. Happy to be corrected, but if this is the case, then allowing passengers to remain absorbed by the In Flight Entertainment rather defeats this objective.


User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12493 times:

My best guess the decision to forbid the use of IFE before takeoff originally had to do with the line of thinking "the passengers need to pay attention to crew, not PTVs". Not like they do it anyway.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21691 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12425 times:

Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 10):
As a general note, though, I thought the rationale behind the turning off of all electronic devices once seat belt signs are on - and the removal of headsets, earphones and earplugs - was more to do with trying to ensure passengers were not distracted at what is considered a critical stage of the flight, rather than any perceived danger from the use of electrical devices per se. Happy to be corrected, but if this is the case, then allowing passengers to remain absorbed by the In Flight Entertainment rather defeats this objective.

Is being distracted by a book any different from being distracted by a TV screen? I'd tend to think not. So if distraction is really the issue, then people should be forbidden from having anything out during takeoff and landing. But if they're going to let books, newspapers and magazines go, then the argument for preventing distraction falls apart.

-Mir



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5742 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12395 times:

As said above, this is something that varies by jurisdiction. Some authorities allow IFE to run from emplaning to disembarkation, some from takeoff to landing, others a mixture of the two.

In this case, this is "noteworthy" because, until now, CAA have only allowed IFE between take-off and landing.

Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 10):
I thought the rationale behind the turning off of all electronic devices once seat belt signs are on - and the removal of headsets, earphones and earplugs - was more to do with trying to ensure passengers were not distracted at what is considered a critical stage of the flight, rather than any perceived danger from the use of electrical devices per se.

I always thought that as well, but CASA and (I think) NZCAA both allow IFE to be used with headphones from gate to gate. What strikes me as odd about this is that if you're listening to your iPod you have to take your earphones off for landing, whereas if you are watching a movie you are allowed to keep them on.



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1450 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12322 times:

On the 2 QR flights I had 2 years ago, we had the IFE running from the moment we boarded... I loved it...


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User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1730 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12322 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 13):
I always thought that as well, but CASA and (I think) NZCAA both allow IFE to be used with headphones from gate to gate. What strikes me as odd about this is that if you're listening to your iPod you have to take your earphones off for landing, whereas if you are watching a movie you are allowed to keep them on.

Difference is the PA system overrides the audio feed of the IFE. Ipods aren't connected to the aircraft's PA system so individuals can truly be in their own world... Remember the scene from Home Alone II where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is listening to his TalkBoy with earphones and misses the "welcome aboard our flight to New York" announcement? (How's that for a throwback!   )


User currently offlinepegasus1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12297 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 12):
Is being distracted by a book any different from being distracted by a TV screen? I'd tend to think not. So if distraction is really the issue, then people should be forbidden from having anything out during takeoff and landing. But if they're going to let books, newspapers and magazines go, then the argument for preventing distraction falls apart.

I tend to agree, except that you would not normally be wearing headsets etc if reading a book or newspaper, therefore you are more likely to hear emergency announcements etc than if you are absorbed, with headgear on, watching a film or listening to music, especially given the excellent noise-cancelling qualities of many modern-day appliances. Indeed, as cabin crew, I have difficulty attracting the attention of many passengers these days just to offer them something to eat or drink (presumably a welcome and 'eagerly-awaited' distraction), often having to touch their arm or wave my hand in front of their face to attract their attention, so I guess you could argue that they would not be aware of an emergency situation as early as other passengers who are not wearing such gear.

In a way, I think the whole question is moot. I tend to think that, whatever someone is doing, they'd soon become aware if an emergency were to arise and would quickly catch up with others in any situation where their life was in danger.

[Edited 2012-11-27 10:28:29]

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21691 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days ago) and read 12167 times:

Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 16):
I tend to agree, except that you would not normally be wearing headsets etc if reading a book or newspaper, therefore you are more likely to hear emergency announcements etc than if you are absorbed, with headgear on, watching a film or listening to music, especially given the excellent noise-cancelling qualities of many modern-day appliances

Unless such announcement comes over the PA system, in which case they'd be more likely to notice it than they would be if they were reading a book.

Ultimately, I'd tend to think that if the situation is dire enough that immediate evacuation is necessary, the passengers will be aware that something is going on. A failure that would wipe out the PA system should wipe out the IFE as well, so those paying attention to it would be alerted.

-Mir



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User currently offlinepegasus1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days ago) and read 12161 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
"British Airways has reached an agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority which will allow passengers to use an aircraft’s in-flight entertainment system from the moment they reach their seat to when they arrive at their destination."

It's a great pity that, while they were at it, BA didn't get the CAA to remove the restriction on the use of mobile phones immediately after landing. The UK is now so out of step with many major jurisdictions, including the USA and Australia, where their use is not only PERMITTED but actively ENCOURAGED via announcements made after landing, advising passengers that it is now safe to use mobile phones.

At BA, passengers are now in the ridiculous position of being able to fly one way with a OW Alliance partner such as American or Qantas and use their phone on landing, and have to sit on their hands at the end of the sector they take with BA.

Hopefully, with the change in the rule described in today's announcement, the relaxing of rules regarding mobile phone use isn't too far off....


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3319 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days ago) and read 12103 times:

Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 18):
the relaxing of rules regarding mobile phone use isn't too far off....

Don't hold yout breath on that one, remember, we are BRITISH!  



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User currently offlinepegasus1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 days ago) and read 12055 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 19):
Don't hold your breath on that one, remember, we are BRITISH!

Indeed! But it would be nice to feel we belong in the 21st century sometimes!     


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11003 times:

Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 10):
I had the dubious pleasure of watching the documentary on the Hudson ditching on my last flight with them (a while back now), with the computer simulation and footage of the US Airways Airbus approaching the Hudson showing on screen as we descended into La Guardia.

Reminds me of that scene in the movie "Airplane!" where the in-flight movie being shown is of an airplane crashing!


User currently offlineBE77 From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10611 times:

AC and WS both allow IFE gate to gate, with the restriction that you need to be using only earbuds, and only connected to the aircraft IFE, not your own systems...that way they control the volume for the announcements, etc. works well.

Both also allow cell phones once off the runway upon arrival.

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 19):
Quoting pegasus1 (Reply 20):

Now that we're sending a colonial over to manage the Bank of England, maybe you'll start seeing other new things too  



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User currently offlineLLA001 From Turkey, joined May 2005, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9962 times:

I wish they showed the video of the cockpit as well  

however, to be able to finish a movie would be great. At the end of the long flight, you cant really calculate the exact time when they are going to go to landing sequence. Where on the other hand you know the time you are going to land and you are able to calculate how many movies you can watch with precision ( yes i try to watch too many movies on the airplane )


User currently offlinepegasus1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 9696 times:

Quoting BE77 (Reply 22):

Now that we're sending a colonial over to manage the Bank of England, maybe you'll start seeing other new things too

He can't come soon enough!      


25 GCPET : I noticed that Icelandair had the IFE on the whole flight when I flew with them last year. GCPET
26 Post contains images ba319-131 : - I don't think most First and Club passengers will be that worried, it's those in the lower classes that need distracting from their surroundings
27 qqflyboy : AA has IFE gate-to-landing on the 777 (only a/c w/ AVOD). The system automatically begins its close out once the aircraft lands, so the AVOD discontin
28 skyhawkmatthew : Qantas' entertainment on the A380 has always been available gate-to-gate. On every international flight I've taken with Qantas, we've been able to tur
29 HAWK21M : I thought Takeoff/Landing IFE was switched off to get pax prepared for an emergency.....
30 Post contains images Heathrow757 : That's Good although as many of you say, nothing new. My recent flights to CCU via DXB from LGW with EK on their 777-300/300ER allowed us all to watch
31 cipango : Yes EK do allow this. I was once delayed 3 hours on board my flight to SYD from DXB before we even left the gate, but not many people minded as we wer
32 JQflightie : we at QF have been doing this for about 2years now, we call it 'Gate to Gate' IFE there is 1 exception to this and that is B737-800's that have 'drop
33 lhcabincrew : On Lufthansa you can also watch TV from the moment you board the aircraft until landing, when normaly, the connections are being presented. Cabin crew
34 pegasus1 : This brings us to another interesting point. On every airline I've flown (including the one I work for), the drop-down screens are stowed for boardin
35 babybus : On the A380 you have access to the aircraft's external cameras before take-off right up to the destination gate. What's the difference between watchin
36 Post contains images Norcal773 : As an airplane enthusiast, I could care less. I am more focused on watching the wing-flex on take off, watching for other planes on taxi etc so even t
37 aircanada014 : If I recall Air Canada was the first airline to offer the service turning their IFE on from gate to gate??? Air Canada also allows passengers to use t
38 pegasus1 : The difference, as has been discussed already, is that if you're watching a film, you are wearing a (noise-cancelling?) headset, which, in theory, co
39 Post contains images pegasus1 : I take it you mean "Couldn't care less" i.e., I care so little [about the issue in question], that I couldn't care any less than I do... Just checkin
40 Post contains images Norcal773 : Ha.. You remind me of Pierce Morgan and his English Pet Peeve but you're right, I couldn't care less is what I meant
41 Post contains images pegasus1 : I'll have to look him up and investigate. Sounds like it could be right up my pedantic English street!! By the way, any particular reason you wouldn'
42 RyanairGuru : To go OT, but as someone who lived in the UK for 16 years and now lives in the USA I can attest to this being a difference between British and Americ
43 pegasus1 : Well, we risk going completely off-thread with this and having our knuckles rapped, but it's not really the same as the tomato example, as that is si
44 blrsea : This was not my experience on LH SEA-FRA-SEA flights on A330 this summer. The IFE was turned on, but there was no way to go past the home screen, as
45 Post contains images Norcal773 : Because Star Alliance is in my blood and should be a Million-Miler on UA soon if I keep flying at this rate. I've also flown BA on both J and Y a few
46 Kiwinlondon : Nothing new here I'm afraid. NZ have been doing it for ages too. BA playing a bit of catch up. Kiwinlondon
47 qqflyboy : I didn't write that to mean only the US allows it, rather, as an airline, AA only technically follows US laws allowing their use in the states. Since
48 Viscount724 : Also AC, for at least 2 or 3 years.
49 FI642 : As long as the briefing and crew announcements can override it what difference does it make? Many flights I've been on I've seen folks on their ipods
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