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Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:03 am

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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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:07 am

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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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:18 am

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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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 3:23 am

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.

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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:24 am

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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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:30 am

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.
 
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:54 am

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
 
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:03 am

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?

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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:30 pm

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?


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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:12 pm

Out here its No Cell phones on after Aircraft Doors closed & until they are opened.
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:27 pm

QFs rules are the same in NZ
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:22 am

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
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RE: Cell Phone Policies On Airlines In Your Country?

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:24 pm

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

The same with AZ.