China Eastern Now Allows Use Of PED’s (Cellphone, iPad, Laptop) Inflight Following Lift Of Electronics Ban


Chinese Authorities have finally lifted the ban on using personal electronics inflight that has always been a nuisance when travel on Chinese airlines and China Eastern is the first to announce it.

The Shanghai based carrier has announced that effective 18th January 2018 portable electronic devices can be used inflight as long as they are in non transmission mode (in flight mode).

Not being able to use my personal devices has always been super annoying to me and made absolutely zero sense so it’s good that Chinese regulators have finally come to their senses to lift this ban.

You can access the China Eastern announcement (in Mandarin Chinese) here.

The announcement translates as follows (per google translate):

Announcement on Specification of Use of Portable Electronic Equipment on CEAIR
Published: 2018-01-17

Dear visitor:

Starting from January 18, 2018, you can use your cell phone, pad, laptop, e-reader on the carrier’s scheduled flights on the premise of complying with “China Eastern Airlines PEC (Portable Electronic Device)” And other electronic equipment. details as follows:

1, definition:

(1) Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs): Refers generally to portable, energy-based and handheld electronic devices. Examples include laptops, tablets, ebooks, cell phones, video players and video game consoles.

(2) Transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (T-PEDs): PEDs that can actively transmit radio signals. Including but not limited to: turning on PED for cellular communication technology, radio frequency communication network, or other wireless communication.

(3) Non-transmitting Portable Electronic Devices (N-PEDs): PEDs that do not have a radio transmission function; or PEDs that have a radio transmission function but have the transmission function turned off.

2. Airborne (cellular and mobile communication functions (voice and data) are not allowed to open since the moment the airplane enters the runway when it begins to fly and until the end of the flight slides out of the runway).

3, PED Available / Disabled Flight Phase and Equipment Type / Size:

(1) PED devices that are forbidden to use in the sky include, but are not limited to: (i) mobile phones that do not have a flight mode, that is, devices that only have cellular mobile communication functions (voice and data), including mobile phone functions; (ii) walkie-talkies; (iii) remote control devices (remote control toys and other electronic devices with remote controls).

(2) Large-scale PED equipment (such as laptop computers, PADs, etc.) with dimensions of more than 31cm in length, width and height on the sides of the plane during the critical stages of taxiing, take-off, descent and landing are forbidden to be used during the cruise phase of the aircraft.

(3) Small size and height dimensions Small PED devices with three sides and less than 31cm inclusive can be used all the time (including but not limited to: (i) mobile phones / smartphones with flight mode; (ii) electronic books ; (Iii) video / audio players; (iv) video game consoles), accessories (such as earphones, charging lines, etc.) are not allowed at critical stages of flight such as taxiing, takeoff, landing and landing.

(4) Permitted electronic equipment, including but not limited to: (i) portable tape recorders; (ii) hearing aids; (iii) pacemakers; (iv) electric shavers; And communication systems for the maintenance of electronic equipment (devices).

4, available / disabled mode:

(1) T-PEDs and N-PEDs are available for aircraft that provide Wi-Fi test services. Wi-Fi is available for airplane mode-enabled mobile phones, but flight mode should be turned on (ie cellular mobile communication is off).

(2) Aircraft without Wi-Fi service may only use non-launch type portable electronic equipment (N-PED). Mobile phones with smartphone in flight mode (smartphone) should be in airplane mode (ie with cellular mobile communication turned off) and Wi-Fi off at the same time.

(3) Bluetooth and Zigzag function can be turned on.

5, storage, storage and emergency disposal requirements:

(1) Large size PEDs (PED devices with dimensions of more than 31cm on the sides, such as portable computers, PADs, etc.) should be stored safely without danger in the event of bumps, impacts, emergency evacuation or other conditions.

(2) Small PEDs (PED devices with dimensions of three sides and less than 31cm in size, such as electronic books, mobile phones, etc.) can be fixed in a suitable way (for example, passenger hand-held).

(3) PED fittings (eg earphones, charging cables, etc.) should be safely stored during critical flight stages such as taxiing, take-off, landing and landing and should not impede the emergency evacuation in emergency situations.

(4) Passengers should avoid leaving their seats at inappropriate times that may cause personal injury to themselves or their occupants (eg, leave the seat without the seat belt when placing the PED directly on the seat, leave the PED unattended during charging Leave the seat) or try to avoid access to personal belongings in the luggage rack at inappropriate times when personal or personal injury may occur.

(5) carry the luggage, PY in the luggage rack should be turned off.

(6) The flight crew will issue a directive prohibiting the use of PEDs prior to the implementation of a low-visibility flight, or if there is electrical interference and suspected interference with portable electronic equipment used by the crew, and passengers shall follow the crew instructions to turn off all PED equipment, safety Storage PED equipment; for those who refuse to implement the crew instructions, China Eastern Airlines will be handled in accordance with relevant regulations.

(7) China Eastern Airlines will update the PED product information in a timely manner to identify PEDs that have security risks.

China Eastern Airlines

January 17, 2018

Passengers still have to stow away their headphones during take off and landing including those cheap single use ones that are distributed during each flight (just had that situation a few weeks ago on a flight from Beijing to Shanghai).


It has been overdue that these regulations are modified by Chinese authorities. Especially on long haul flights this is a super annoying situation and to be honest I’ve ignored it more than once. The situation with the headphones is also comical especially if it’s about the single use string ones. What difference does it make? I haven’t booked any more long haul flights on Chinese carriers after a dispute about using my laptop and iphone on a flight to South Africa in January 2017. Utter nonsense!

I’d imagine that the other mainland Chinese airlines (Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines et al) will react shortly and make their own announcements.