German carrier Lufthansa is expanding the number of routes on which passengers can use smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other electronic devices uninterrupted for their entire time on board.
Starting March 1, 2014, Lufthansa plans to let passengers use their electronic devices uninterrupted on all Airbus aircraft as well.
Lufthansa passenger on Boeing 747-8s have been able to use their electronic gizmos in flight mode from gate to gate since January 2014.
Previously, passengers on the airline had to switch off their devices during take-off and landing.
With the imminent expansion to the airline's Airbus fleet, Lufthansa passengers will be able to use their electronic gizmos uninterrupted on 250 aircraft.
The airline is seeking approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority for uninterrupted use of electronic gadgets on other aircraft types too.
Although onboard gadget use is being relaxed, Lufthansa passengers will still not be allowed to make or receive telephone calls from their mobile devices 'out of consideration for other passengers.'
Passengers must switch their mobile phones and tablets to flight mode so that the mobile signal is deactivated.
But the airline has no qualms at letting passengers disturb their neighbors when they use the satellite-linked phones on its long-haul aircraft for a fee.
Lufthansa also sells its FlyNet high-speed Internet service as well as mobile access that lets passengers use text messaging and data services such as MMS and e-mail.