Giving customers more opportunity to
stay connected, ATA Airlines has announced a change (as have a
number of other airlines) in its onboard cell phone usage policy.
Passengers are now permitted to use cell phones and pagers sooner
after landing. As of Nov. 14, 2003, crews began notifying
passengers that they may turn on cell phones and pagers once an
aircraft has landed and is clear of an active runway. ATA's new
onboard cell phone usage policy applies to all ATA and ATA
Connection (operated by Chicago Express Airlines, Inc.) scheduled
service. No change was made in ATA's pre-departure policy, which
allows customers to use cell phones and pagers until the aircraft
doors have been closed prior to takeoff. Federal
Communications Commission rules still prohibit usage while in
ATA operates significant scheduled service from Chicago-Midway,
Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco and Hawaii to over 40
business and vacation destinations.