South Africa's flag carrier South African Airways has applied to the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to lift the ban on cellphone use during flights. In case the CAA scraps the in-flight ban, passengers will be allowed to use their phones in "flight mode" or "airplane mode", but will not be allowed to make actual phone calls during the flight.
A CAA spokesperson was quoted saying that the CAA received the airline’s programme in early April 2011 and that the Authority is currently reviewing it. As soon as the review is complete, SAA will be able to start the testing phase to investigate which cellphone models can be used in-flight.
Comair, operator of British Airways and kulula.com flights in South Africa, will also apply for the same exemption, if South African Airways is successful.