Now, switch on your cell after landing

 Air travellers can now switch on their mobile phones the
moment their aircraft lands at any Indian airport and exits the active
runway. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) on Friday
night issued a directive to airlines, asking them to announce the
lifting of restriction on mobiles post-landing and allow passengers to
do so latest by next Wednesday.

However, the ban on use of mobile phones at take off time will remain
and passengers will have to switch the cells off when the crew
announces. The order says passengers will not be allowed to use their
mobiles only when low visibility conditions prevail at the airport they
have landed at, which could include most north Indian cities in winter
for 20-30 days. These restrictions remain as mobile phone signals could
interfere with the cockpit’s communication with ATC and have safety

Currently after landing, cabin crew announces that passengers should
keep their phones off till the aircraft is taxiing. Now airlines have
been asked to suitably amend this announcement. The rule on landing has
been changed mainly due to demand from passenger groups. A substantial
chunk of passengers have to coordinate with those who have been waiting
to receive them at airports, whether it’s their drivers, relatives or

“We used to turn a blind eye after landing as majority of passengers
would switch on their phones soon after touchdown to coordinate with
those who have come to pick them up. The crew often complained to us but
we would tell them to announce that phones be kept off but remain seated
on crew seats to avoid any ugly showdown after a good flight. It’s
better to have rules that can be followed,” said a senior commander.

Read more: Now, switch on your cell after landing – The Times of India

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