The new safety guidelines establishes that passengers may use PEDs (that are allowed on-board) to be switched on in Flight mode or Airplane mode during all phases of the flight, unless flight crew or cabin crew instructs them otherwise.
Prior to this change, the safety guidance stated that passengers could use their PEDs in Flight mode (non-transmitting) in-flight, but not during taxiing, take-off and landing. With this new policy, you can now read an e-book, watch or listen to pre-loaded portable entertainment or play pre-loaded games during all phases of your flight.
Passengers are requested to pay attention to important safety videos and announcements made by the crew, prior to the flight's take-off and landing.
Note that effective 21 March 2017, in accordance with new US government regulations, all passengers travelling on United States-bound flights are prohibited from carrying any electronic devices on board the flight other than cellular and smart phones and medical devices needed during the flight.
Qatar Airways has made special arrangements to assist passengers in securing their devices in the aircraft’s baggage hold. Prohibited devices, including laptops, tablets, DVD players and electronic games, must be carried in checked luggage only.