BA shows connectivity is the way

Anyone who has spent time with a teenager recently will know that their electronic devices are as important – and as attached to them – as their own limbs.

And, as the song goes: "Children are our future. Teach them well and let in-flight connectivity be the way."

British Airways (BA) is certainly down with the kids. As from today, BA becomes the first European airline to allow its passengers to work, watch and play on their electronic gadgets all the way through the flight, from take-off to landing.

The airline’s passengers can now use their mobiles, tablets, e-readers and music devices even while on the tarmac, so long as they are in 'flight safe mode'.

We haven't quite got to where we're going – emails, texts and phone calls are still a no-go and laptops must be switched off when passengers board the aircraft – but it's a significant step for air travel and it paves the way for more carriers to follow.

But to be fair to other airlines, BA was not the first. In late October, the US' Federal Aviation Administration signed off on the use of electronic devices during all phases of flight. JetBlue and Delta were quick to take them at their word. American Airlines went one step further by allowing its passengers to use their devices not just from take-off to landing, but from gate to gate.

Now that the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also lifted its previous restrictions, the UK is free to follow the US.

But even before the US was the business flyer, whose texts and wi-fi use was somehow not disruptive like the others'. Indeed, BA passengers flying from London City Airport have been able to connect for some time. Perhaps then, it's business-class leading the way and not teenagers. But regardless, in-flight connectivity will be the way!

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