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 February 28, 2014
Korean Air to Allow Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) Use For Whole Flight Duration

 Korean Air has announced that it will allow the use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) for the entire duration of the flight starting from 1 March.

Korean Air has obtained approval of the 'safety evaluation for expanding the use of PEDs' from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Accordingly, both international and domestic passengers traveling with Korean Air will be allowed to use PEDs during all phases of flight including takeoff and landing.

PED means any piece of lightweight, electrically-powered equipment such as smartphones, PCs, electronic books and MP3 players. So far, passengers have not been permitted to use PEDs even though the devices are operated in "airplane mode" during takeoff running or in preparation for landing.

In addition, heavier electronic devices such as full-sized laptop computers should be kept safely under seats or in overhead bins during taxi, take-off and landing. Devices such as FM/AM radios, portable TV receivers, walkie-talkies and radio-controlled toys are not permitted to be used in-flight.

On occasions, the flight attendants will have the authority to restrict the use of PEDs in-flight, such as when the aircraft is performing landing in low visibility, or if the device is affecting the aircraft's navigation system. In such instances, the flight attendants can ask passengers to turn off their devices immediately.

Korean Air

Korean Air, established in 1969, is one of the world's top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2012. Korean Air operates in excess of 200 flights per day to 125 cities in 45 countries on six continents with a fleet of 155 aircraft including eight A380s.

With its modern airplanes and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers with safety, convenience and comfort. Korean air's award-winning cuisine of Korean and Western meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers ultimate satisfaction.

The airline serves six continents with more than 1,400 flights a week and is also a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance which together with its 19 members, offers its 569 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 15,000 daily flights covering 993 destinations in 178 countries.

Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to 'Prestige' business class. The design also features the world's first onboard 'Duty Free Showcase' and three bars and lounges.