Feeds

Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

Five days in Beijing slammer for unlucky punter

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Passengers on Chinese airlines were reminded this week that there’s no such thing as 'Airplane Mode' for mobiles in China, after one unfortunate passenger en route from Canada who repeatedly used his smartphone camera and music player was banged up on arrival by Beijing police.

The unlucky passenger, surnamed Du, ignored the pleas of flight attendants on board Air China flight CA992 from Vancouver to the capital and carried on using his phone to take snaps and listen to music, according to Sina Tech (via TechInAsia).

On landing, officers from the local branch of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) were called and, ignoring Du’s pleas that it was a big fuss over nothing, held him in custody for five days under Article 34 (2) of the People's Republic of China on Administrative Penalties for Public Security.

Using a phone, even if it has 'Airplane Mode' enabled, is forbidden on Chinese airlines, but as Beijing-based lawyer Stan Abrams noted in his China Hearsay blog, the rules are enforced inconsistently.

Ironically, after two years of study, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology last year decided in-flight mobile calls were indeed safe, although it seems its findings have yet to filter down to the airlines.

Air China was apparently the first in the country to roll out a Wi-Fi service – albeit restricted to an on-board intranet – but limited access to tablets and laptops.

Things may be changing soon, however, with the Civil Aviation Administration of China currently considering plans to allow satellite comms systems on domestic aircraft which could provide internet and voice services from 2013. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'
Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue – interim commish
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report
Man at hardware store was right: name brands DO last longer
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.