Airlines push to allow cell use
Cape Town - Airline passengers will still be unable to make telephone calls during a flight but, if South African Airways (SAA) gets its way, they will at least be able to play music and games on their phones during a flight.
The airline has applied to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for permission to allow cellphones to be used during flights in its aircraft.
The CAA has so far disallowed the use of cellphones as they can affect an aircraft’s on-board systems.
A CAA spokesperson said that the authority had received SAA’s request in April.
Comair, which operates kulula.com and British Airways in South Africa, has several times tried to get permission for limited use of cellphones on aircraft, and said it would again approach the CAA should SAA succeed.
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