One by one, airlines have begun allowing passengers to expand the use of personal electronic devices since the Federal Aviation Administration said it would start approving applications. So far, more than a dozen airlines have received at least partial approval.
Virgin America, Air Wisconsin and Executive Jet Management are the latest to get the OK, an FAA spokesperson said Friday.
Virgin America late Thursday confirmed it had approval for gate-to-gate device use. On its website, the airline said its "fleet of 53 new Airbus A320-family aircraft is the first cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for PED usage during all categories of flight—even during CAT II and CAT III precision approaches and landings." All its flights are covered by the new policy, a spokesman told CNBC.
Hawaiian Airlines said Thursday its passengers are allowed gate-to-gate use of the devices. "Our plan covers our aircraft fleet and our routes only. Our partner airlines have their own plans/restrictions," Hawaiian Airline spokesperson Huy Vo said in an email to CNBC. An FAA spokesperson was unable to confirm Hawaiian's eligibility to CNBC as of late Friday afternoon.
Air Wisconsin, which operates routes for US Airways Express, has approval for device use, an FAA spokesperson said Thursday.
Executive Jet Management, a charter service, has approval, according to the FAA.
Southwest Airlines on Wednesday adopted the new FAA rules and asserted it was worth the wait. "Southwest is the only airline that offers a gate-to-gate connectivity on the majority of our fleet," the airline stated on its website. The approval also covers all flights of Southwest subsidiary AirTran, a Southwest spokesman told CNBC in an email.
GoJet has approval for gate-to-gate device use only on flights it operates for Delta Connection. "We expect approval on our United flights in the near future," company spokesman Jaime Ludwig told CNBC in an email.
All-charter Miami Air International on Nov. 13 confirmed it had FAA approval.
Horizon Air, which is owned by Alaska Air Group, secured approval Nov. 12.
ExpressJet, which flies some regional routes for Delta Connection, American Eagle and United Express, received FAA approval for all its flights as of Nov. 8, a company spokeswoman confirmed to CNBC.
Alaska Airlines said Nov. 8 that passengers on its mainline flights could use devices starting the following day, but approval is still pending for its flights operated by SkyWest.
US Airways said Nov. 7 that "customers on US Airways domestic mainline flights will now be permitted to use small PEDs during all phases of flight." Its US Airways Express flights do not have FAA approval, except for those served by PSA Airlines, which was OK'd on Nov. 8.
On Nov. 6, United Airlines adopted the new rules on all domestic mainline flights arriving or departing within the 50 states. The rules do not apply to United Express flights, (except for ExpressJet, which got the OK on Nov. 8), but United said it is working with its other regional partners to make that happen by year-end.
American Airlines on Nov. 4 said the new rules apply to "American's entire mainline fleet as well as regional aircraft operated by American Eagle Airlines." It does not yet apply to American Eagle flights operated by SkyWest, Republic Airline or Chautauqua Airlines, American spokesman Matt Miller told CNBC. American Eagle flights operated by ExpressJet Airlines got the OK Nov. 8.
Delta Air Lines as of Nov. 1 allows "portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet on mainline U.S. domestic flights," according to its website. Delta Connection's 550-plus regional aircraft are in the process of receiving approval; of those, Endeavor Air, Compass Airlines and ExpressJet received approval Nov. 8.
(This list will be updated.)