Monday, December 30, 2013


The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) allow passengers to use mobile phones, laptops and other mobile devices to make calls and access the Internet during flights.

In Memorandum Circular 52-13, Series of 2013, the conditional use of transmitting portable electronic devices, specifically laptops, cellular phones, music players (MP3), and global system for mobile communication on-board aircraft (GSMOBA), is now allowed.

Conditions:
  • When the aircraft doors are still open, use of laptops and cellular phones may use Internet or short-message-service (SMS) or voice communications, unless the pilot-in-command and/or senior cabin crew specifically announces on the public address system its prohibition. In no case shall laptop using broadband communications and cellular phone be allowed or used when the aircraft is re-fuelling. In this instance, all transmitting portable electronic devices must be turned off.
  • When the aircraft doors are closed. Transmitting portable electronics devices on silent mode may be used only for short-message-service (SMS) or Internet. Voice communications are not allowed except the use of GSMOBA provided its use does not interfere with the orderly conduct of flight. Games on electronic devices on silent mode may be played.
  • The use of MP3s should always be with earphones and not with additional or separate speaker and/or amplifiers.
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