Some airlines impose a stricter policy than others. Know before you go

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has compared the use of Wi-Fi and electronic devices on-board major airlines. According to a survey by the Daily Telegraph, more than 80% of consumers would welcome access to high-speed Wi-Fi during flights*.

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With an increasing number of airlines now allowing inflight broadband connection, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a table comparing the rules and regulations for using electronic devices across major airlines. The research is available in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at www.aph.com/electronicdevices.

The research highlights the devices allowed on-board 20 major airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, as well as the cost for Wi-Fi connection during the flight.


Most of the airlines researched were found to prohibit the use of walkie-talkies, mobiles, remote-control toys and wireless computer devices for the whole duration of the flight.

However, some airlines impose a stricter policy than others. For example, Air Canada states that some electronic items must be packed away in checked luggage and cannot be carried as hand luggage even if they are switched off.

The research also found that most airlines currently prohibit the use of laptops, iPads and electronic games during take-off, landing and taxiing. Delta Airlines and British Airways do allow passengers to use smart phones, tablets and e-readers at all times providing the devices’ ‘flight safe mode’ is enabled before departure.

The cost of an Internet pass can vary considerably between airlines

Of the 20 airlines surveyed, only eight were found to currently offer in-flight wireless Internet access including Air Canada, Emirates and Lufthansa, which is available through purchasing an hourly, monthly or yearly pass. However, the cost of an internet pass was found to vary greatly between airlines, with a one hour pass costing £1.20 with Virgin Atlantic, £6.50 with Lufthansa and £7.25 with Singapore Airlines. Only a few of the airlines also currently offer monthly and yearly passes, with American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic all charging £24.00 for a month pass.

Passengers flying with Virgin Atlantic can now access the Internet by connecting to the airlines’ internal technology, Aeromobile, allowing passengers to stay connected via texts, e-mail, Internet and calls in-flight. Phones must be turned off during taxi, take-off and landing, but can be switched on once the aircraft has reached cruising height.

* Research compiled by Telegraph Travel in January 2014:

www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10586362/Plans-approved-for-high-speed-Wi-Fi-in-the-skies.html

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