Alaska Airlines now allows electronic devices on flights

by: Web Staff Updated:

Alaska Airlines will start flying its first aircraft with 110-volt and USB power outlets at every seat next month. Most of the fleet will be equipped by the end of 2014.
SEATTLE —

Alaska Airlines passengers will now be able to use their tablets, book readers, and cellphones all the way from the gate to thousands of feet in the air.

Starting Nov. 9, passengers will be able to use their electronic devices on board the plane, and even use WiFi, at 10,000 feet in the air.

Alaska Airlines Vice President of Marketing Joe Sprague said this is a change a lot of passengers have wanted to see.

"Our customers have long wanted to be able to read a book, listen to music, or watch a movie on their electronic devices whenever they're on board one of our flights," he said. "We're thrilled to have FAA approval giving our customers the flexibility and better on board experience they want."

But the Federal Aviation Administration still has rules about using those devices. According to the rules, passengers need to make sure they place their devices in airplane mode while on the plane and are asked to not make calls on their phones unless there's a rare circumstance, such as an emergency. Large devices such as laptops are still required to be stowed during takeoff and landing.

Every seat in the entire Alaska Airlines fleet is expected to be ready with USB ports and power outlets for their plugged-in passengers by the end of 2014.

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