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SAX to allow personal electronic devices during flights

South African Express Airways (SAX) will allow the use of Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) in flight-mode during non-critical phases of flights after its request for permission to do so was granted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

The use of electronic devices will apply to all domestic and regional flights on the CRJ700/200 and DH8 Q400.  SAX passengers will be permitted to use PED’s such as cell phones, e-readers and electronic tablets in flight-mode.

Portable Electronic Devices may, in some conditions, radiate radio frequency signals (non-intentional or spurious emissions) within the frequency bands of the aircraft navigation and communication receivers. These emissions must be avoided during critical phases of flight.

Flight Mode is a setting available on any mobile phone and other PED’s that, when engaged, suspends the device’s signal transmitting functions – thereby disabling the device’s capacity to place or receive calls or text messages – while still permitting use of other functions that do not require signal transmission such as calendars, address books and preparing e-mail, etc.

All PED’s must be switched off and stowed safely during taxi, take-off, approach and landing.

Cabin crewmembers are responsible for enforcing the policy regarding the use of PED’s on board the aircraft and they will advise passengers accordingly.

Passengers will be required to select the flight mode functionality prior switching their cell phones off in preparation for the flight.

This move is the latest in a series of innovations by SAX designed to better the flying experience of the airline’s clients.