Starting today (Jan 18), China Eastern and Hainan airlines are allowing
passengers to use their smartphones throughout entire flights. That's
take-off and landing. Other small-size portable electronic devices have
also been given the all-clear, such as laptops, iPads and e-books.
the shift, all devices must still be in flight mode, which means
passengers are only able to use in-flight WiFi services or play already
downloaded games and videos, according to SHINE
Making phone calls in the air is still strictly prohibited, and
flouting the rules can mean a fine of up to 50,000RMB (certainly the
most expensive phone call you'll ever make). Furthermore, all radio
transmitting equipment (remote-control toys and intercoms) are also not
welcome onboard; but who's complaining when you can scroll through your WeChat
feed thousands of miles in the air?