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first_img RelatedHidden charges number one gripe for air travellers say Skyscanner usersSkyscanner users have voted hidden charges to be the most annoying aspect of air travel in a recent poll.Banned on board: 17 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggageTrying to take a wheel of brie, viking helmet or sneaky perfume samples in your carry-on luggage? You might want to check out our banned on board list first!Laptop and tablet ban: How will this affect your travel plans?Just over a month since the initial laptop and tablet ban was announced, there is now speculation that the UK may be next to join the list of countries with new hand luggage restrictions for laptops and tablets on flights to the US. We explain what this flight ban could… “HELLO, I’M ON A PLANE. YES, IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE!!”The ban on the use of phones and laptops could be set to end, after a US scientific study found no reason why they should be turned off at take-off and landing.The study, conducted on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded that portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and e-readers could be used safely while a plane is taxiing, taking off and landing, as well as at cruising altitude.Air travellers will be familiar with the drill telling us to turn off all mobiles, Kindles and calculators (ok, maybe not calculators) during take-off. If you didn’t know, the rule is that once the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet, you are allowed to use your device. We’ll have all witnessed a member of the cabin crew uphold the rules by telling a fellow passenger to turn off their PED, and seen people get their phones out as soon as the plane hits the tarmac.The reason for the ban on PEDs is officially, according to the FAA:‘There are many uncertainties about the radio signals the devices give off. Even PEDs that do not intentionally transmit signals can emit unintentional radio energy. This energy may affect aircraft safety because the signals can occur at the same frequencies used by the plane’s highly sensitive communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment.This is to prevent potential interference that could pose a safety hazard as the cockpit crew focuses on arrival and departure duties. On a given flight, there could be hundreds of different PEDs in many different states of function or repair giving off spurious signals, so without proper testing there is no assurance they will not produce interference during these critical phases of flight.’The FAA is set to implement new guidelines following the findings of the ARC study, allowing passengers to read e-books, listen to podcasts or watch videos throughout a flight. News agency Reuters reports that the new policy will be implemented next year in the US. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority is expected to follow suit.HOWEVER, the ban on using your phone to text or make calls is expected to remain in place. In a recent Skyscanner survey*:• 61% of respondents said they’d use their mobile for calls and texts during flight if allowed• 71% turn their phone back on before security• A third turn on their phones as soon as they touch down• Just 6% resist the temptation until they get home• 52% would pick Wi-Fi over traditional in-flight entertainment*Source: 1000 international respondents via One Poll surveyListen to the Skyscanner travel podcast where we discuss gadgets on flights and other common myths and mysteries of air travel. Listen or download it below:https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F84142414What do you think? Should PEDs stay banned? Should you be allowed to make phone calls on your flight? Have your say below.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img

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