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Japanese Airports Allow Mobile Phone Use in Planes on the Ground

Japanese Airports Allow Mobile Phone Use in Planes on the Ground

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Since April 1, Haneda Airport in Ohta Ward, Tokyo and all other airports in Japan have allowed the use of communications via electronic devices such as mobile phones onboard aircraft on the ground.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has amended part of the Civil Aeronautics Act so that passengers can make calls and send/receive email with mobile phones before take-off and after landing when the aircraft doors are open, actions which had been prohibited.

Many airports outside Japan, particularly in Western countries, allow airline passengers to use devices such as mobile phones before take-off and after landing. The Civil Aeronautics Act had prohibited the use of electronic and communications devices onboard aircraft in Japan even when the doors are open due to concerns that they could affect aircraft instruments.

The new policy also applies to aircraft operated by non-Japanese airlines carrying travelers to and from Japan. Passengers will still be asked to turn off mobile phones and communications devices when an aircraft's doors are closed on the ground.

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