China boosts fines for inflight phone use

China’s aviation regulator plans to quadruple fines for airline passengers who use mobile phones during flights due to concerns that the calls are threatening flight safety, state media said Thursday. Fines for in-flight cellphone use will be raised to CNY2,000 from the current CNY500, the official China Daily newspaper said, citing draft regulations from the General Administration of Civil Aviation.

“This illegal behavior has become a serious problem interfering with flight safety,” the China Daily newspaper quoted Liu Weiming, an aviation law professor with the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China as saying.