Delta Air Lines announced on August 1 that it will now allow travelers to use electronic devices in airplane mode on all flights, international and domestic. According to Business Travel News, e-readers, tablets and mobile phones have been permitted on domestic flights as long as they are in airplane mode since late 2013 but following portable electronic devices (PED) tolerance testing on all Delta and Delta Connection planes, the use of devices is allowed.
Delta said that it will inform passengers on worldwide flights if PEDs must be turned off and flight crews will advise travelers of exceptions to the policy when necessary. Flights that are arriving to and departing from Singapore and Jamaica require passengers to turn off their devices and put them away in carry-on luggage while the plane is being taxied and flying at an altitude below 10,000 feet.
The following PED devices have been approved for gate to gate use:
- Laptop computers
- Medical devices such as oxygen
- Portable media players
- Smartphones and other devices with a cellular network connection may be used in airplane mode
- Global positioning system receivers
- Digital and video cameras
- DVD players