Passengers may soon expect less boring trips when they are traveling by air in China. In the latest revision to its aviation regulations, China’s aviation authority is easing the rules on using electronics during flights, paving the way for wider in-flight connectivity, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting. The new rules will come into effect in October this year.

The new revision has lifted the decade-long complete ban on in-flight portable electronics, giving individual airlines the right to determine the management policies for devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In addition, the regulator also issued corresponding assessment and approval process where airlines can apply for offering this service.

Apart from the mobile devices mentioned above, existing rules also ban passengers from using intercoms, remote-control toys and other devices with remote-control or radio transmitting equipment.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.