Cells Can Be Used On Stationary Planes Now

New Delhi, September 16: | Updated: Sep 17 2003, 05:30am hrs
In a major turnaround, the government on Tuesday allowed use of mobile phones inside aircraft on certain conditions and also use of metallic cutlery barring knife in flight.

Orders to this effect were passed by civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy after discussions with all agencies concerned in the aviation sector on Monday, official sources told PTI.

Soon after the 9/11 terrorist incidents, use of metallic cutlery inside aircraft were banned and replaced by plastic ones.

Regarding the mobile phones, the order pointed out that these could only be used when the aircraft was on ground. However, these would not be allowed to be used when the aircraft was fuelling or during pre-flight activities so that the signals do not interfere with the flight management, GPS navigation or aircraft communication systems, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the aviation ministry has upheld the Air-India management order of de-recognising the Indian Pilots Guild, but asked the airline to restore the flying duties of those pilots who were grounded for participating in the strike in April. Rudy passed an order to this effect last evening backing the A-I stance. (PTI)