FAA to allow airlines to expand use of personal electronics
Following input from industry experts, the FAA will allow usage of certain personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of the flight.
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.
JetBlue first airline to let passengers use electronic devices throughout the flight
Following the FAA’s announcement of allowing the usage of personal electronic devices, JetBlue became the first airline to allow their usage during all phases of the flight.
JetBlue was the first out of the gate. It said Thursday evening that its tests had been certified by the FAA, and that passengers would be able to use PEDs “during all phases of flight, starting at 6 p.m. ET [Thursday, October 31].”
CEO Dave Barger called the new rules “a significant improvement in customers’ onboard experience.”
Qantas announces plans for new Los Angeles business lounge
Qantas announced the details of a new business lounge at LAX, located at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
The new Los Angeles Business Lounge will be jointly owned by Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, with Qantas being the managing airline.
The lounge will be more than double the size of the current lounge, offering almost 600 seats and will include a wine bar, open kitchen, a communal fire place and central glass atrium.