China Eastern passengers can now use their phones in the cabin (Photo: China Eastern Airlines)

Some Chinese Airlines Now Allow Inflight Smartphone Use: A Step in the Right Direction?

For the tech-savvy traveler, taking a flight on any Chinese airline (not including carriers based in Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan) tends to be bothersome because these carriers don’t let you use smartphones or tablets on their airplanes, even in flight mode. That means you can’t use your phone to connect to inflight Wi-Fi, snap pictures of the flight, listen to music, or even to find something with your phone’s flashlight. Phones have to be completely switched off during any…