Haikou to Beijing, first Chinese flight to allow smartphone use during flights

China’s aviation sector has been noticeably behind the relaxation of in-flight smart device usage, with the CAAC’s regulations even forbidding the use of smartphones while in flight mode.

A number of Chinese airlines now however have begun to allow passengers to use smartphones during flights with Hainan Airlines’ flight HU7781 on January 17 from Haikou to Beijing being the country’s first flight to officially allow it.

Back in September last year, the CAAC opted to relax its restrictions to allow individual airlines to choose their own policies regarding in-flight personal electronic device usage, though a timeframe was not specified.

The lifting of restrictions is particularly helpful for business travellers, especially those wishing to connect to airlines’ in-flight wifi, providing alternative ways to work during a flight other than via laptop.

Source: www.businesstraveller.com