When it comes to the rules of the air in Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) rule is law. Like all governing bodies, however, it can be influenced by the decisions of international bodies like the FAA in the US. So if the FAA eases up on in-flight gadget restrictions, will CASA ease up too? We had a chat with them to find out.
While the FAA decision is still only rumoured at this point, we thought it poignant to have a chat to CASA to find out just how long we'd have to wait for the influence of one of the largest flight-management agencies in the world to trickle down to Australia.
The answer was...unclear:
We've been watching what they [FAA] have been doing. We'll obviously look at any decisions taken by the FAA and consider what that might mean for our position in Australia.
So CASA is more than willing to take the lead of the FAA on the whole we-get-to-use-gadgets-in-flight-now thing, but it's going to take time.
The more you know.