Starting today, Delta Air Lines will allow customers flying outside of U.S. airspace to continue using their portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet for international flights effective immediately.
Earlier this year many airlines announced this change but for only domestic flights, so it’s great to see that it’s being rolled out for international flights as well.
All of Delta and Delta Connection’s more than 1,250 aircraft completed carrier-defined PED tolerance testing to ensure the safe operation of passenger portable electronic devices during all phases of flight. In 2013 the policy change allowed customers to use e-readers, tablets, and smartphones, all in airplane mode, during taxi, takeoff and landing on flights.
“Customers have told us they want to use portable electronic devices on international flights just like they do domestically,” said Joanne Smith, senior vice president, In-Flight Service. “Now they can, and we continue making the travel experience better for Delta customers.”
Props to Delta for being the first to roll this out for international flights, but it’s only a matter of time before the other carriers get the approval and follow suit.
There are a few countries such as Jamaica and Singapore which still ban personal electronic devices to be used under 10,000 feet.