Hawaiian Airlines announced Thursday it has completed the certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration and is now allowing customers to use their own personal Portable Electronic Devices on “airplane mode” during all phases of domestic flights, from takeoff through landing, and during more phases on international flights.
"We applaud the FAA's new policy and are excited to allow our customers to use their devices throughout their flight when they travel with us," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer. "We’re committed to improving the travel experience for our customers."
As approved by the FAA, Hawaiian Airlines now allows the use of personal electronics, gate-to-gate, across its fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus 330-200 and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft on domestic routes between Hawaii and 11 U.S. gateway destinations, as well as its fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft on Neighbor Island routes. The FAA policy covers domestic and international flights while within U.S. airspace, with the following restrictions:
Portable electronic devices can be used in all phases of flight for U.S. and neighbor island flights. On U.S. to international flights, devices cannot be used during descent (10,000 feet until landing) and when being taxied to the gate. On international to U.S. flights, devices cannot be used on the taxi from the gate and while below 10,000 feet.
In certain situations, the pilot and/or in-flight team may ask guests to turn off their devices during the flight.
Under previous FAA regulations, travelers were required to turn off and stow all electronic devices during flight when the aircraft is below 10,000 feet. The new policy allows Hawaiian Airlines customers to use their own personal small electronic devices that include smartphones, tablets, e-readers, music players and other small electronic devices under two pounds during all phases of the flight from gate-to-gate, with limited restrictions, unless otherwise instructed by the in-flight crew.
For more information on PED usage and restrictions on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please visit www.HawaiianAirlines.com/News/PED.