Airline gives mobiles on planes a turn-on

Qantas has brought in new rules about the use of mobile phones on its planes, after doing a deal with air safety regulators.

A previous blanket ban on the use of mobiles, even in the boarding bridges, has been amended so that passengers may now continue to use their phones while sitting waiting for take-off and queueing to get off.

The first flights to be affected will be on the new CityFlyer service to Brisbane; the changes will then be progressively introduced on all other Qantas flights.