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CASA claims PEDs can be used during take-off

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has determined electronic devices can now be used during all stages of a flight.

The United States and Europe have already adopted similar procedures. If the device is heavier than 1kg it will need to be placed in an overhead locker during these times. Another requirement is that the devices remain in flight mode for the duration of the journey.

CASA approved applications from Viurgin Australia and Qantas on August 25 enabling passengers to use PEDs gate to gate from August 26.

Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said this will give customers more freedom throughout their flight.

"Whether customers choose to listen to music, read their e-books or review work documents the introduction of gate-to-gate electronic access on Qantas flights is an exciting development to an already exceptional in​-flight entertainment service," he said.

"Qantas has conducted rigorous testing to assess the impacts of electronic devices on the safe operation of aircraft. We are confident that these devices are safe to be turned on, but in flight mode, for the duration of each flight."