Following the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision on November 1 allowing the use of portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers during all phases of flights, many airlines have quickly relaxed their rules to allow device use in aircraft.
JetBlue and Delta were the first airlines to relax their rules. They were followed by United, American Airlines and US Airways.
On Thursday, Hawaiian announced it has completed the FAA’s certification process and will now allow gate-to-gate use of small electronic devices weighing under 2 pounds on all its domestic flights. Passengers on international fights will still be required to turn off their electronic devices under 10,000 feet and during taxiing.
Although the major airlines are adopting the new FAA regulations quickly, their supporting regional services that feed from smaller airports to the mainline flights have yet to receive approval for relaxed use of electronic devices.
This includes 550 aircraft operated on regional routes by Delta Connections as well as United Express aircraft, US Airways Express aircraft, American Eagle aircraft and aircraft operated by other regional operators feeding the approved mainline airlines.