American, and most of its regional carrier American Eagle, became the third airline to allow gate-to-gate use of electronics yesterday after the FAA changed its electronic use guidelines. JetBlue was the first, while Delta has only approved use on mainline jets. Their regional Delta Connection fleet will not allow electronics use gate-to-gate until closer to the end of the year. Some notes from the AA press release:
- Devices will need to be in airplane mode and you’ll need to secure them by either holding or placing them under your seat.
- Wi-Fi access on equipped aircraft will be available shortly after takeoff.
- This change doesn’t apply to larger items such as laptops. Those items will still need to be stowed.
Disappointingly, but understandably, laptop use is still not permitted until 10,000 feet. When will I have time to work on my graphs?!
Have you flown a gate-to-gate flight in the past few days on one of these airlines?