Kulula has announced this week that all passengers on its flights can make use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) at any stage of a flight.

In short this means you can continue using your smartphone, tablet, smartphone or ereader while the aircraft taxis the runway. As you might be aware, you are usually meant to turn all electronic devices off during take-off and landing.

Something to note is that Kulula makes specific mention of “handheld, lightweight electronic devices” and cautions that heavier devices will need to be stowed during take-off and landing.

“These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident,” said Kulula, explaining the limitation.

Of course, Kulula hasn’t just decided to allow this, it has reportedly worked with the required bodies to make this policy a reality.

“We have worked very closely with the South African Aviation authority to approve this new policy on our aircraft, which is a significant enhancement to our customer experience onboard,” head of marketing at Kulula.com, Shaun Pozyn, said in a statement.

While Kulula wants you to use your devices throughout the flight it did mention a few things related to safety we should all keep in mind:

  • Make safety your first priority.
  • Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.
  • Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during take-off and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.
  • During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.
  • Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked to do so.

It’s at this stage we feel we need to remind our readers that this policy is only in place for flights on Kulula at time of writing. Don’t try and pull the “But Kulula let’s us” card on an international flight as it might not end well for you.

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