Official Word From DGCA Confirms You Can Now Use Your Phone Once Your Aircraft Lands and Clears Runway

Written By Sam on 21 October 2010

Mobile phone usage has been restricted in Aircrafts until you have disembarked from the plane. This has long been part of the protocol in aircrafts as it might interfere with critical electronic components and guidance systems within the plane.

There is, however, a small relaxation in this regulation. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has amended Rule 29B of Aircraft Rules, and has allowed air passengers to use cell phones in an aircraft after it lands and clears the active runway when they are still on board. This means that once the pilot has cleared the runway and there are no further intersections to navigate, he gives a go-ahead to the cabin to indicate to the passengers that they may use their cell phones.

There are exceptions, of course, in cases where conditions of low visibility exist in the airport and on the runway. This new regulation will be adopted and put into practice by all airlines by October 22.

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