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Consumers will be soon able to make in-flight calls in Europe without any safety issues.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) allowed all electronic devices to be left on and connected throughout the whole flight. As a result, passengers should be able to make calls while on board using their own phones. This means that EASA finally deemed mobile phones, or any other personal electronic devices, not to be dangerous for aircraft systems and now passengers should be able to use their phones without restrictions in Europe. There will be no need to switch the phones to “Airplane Mode” or to stow them away for the duration of the flight.
Unfortunately, it does not mean that from Monday people will be able to use their phones and chat while on board. EASA decided that their safety ruling is just a guideline so it all depends on the goodwill of the airlines. It is up to them to decide which personal electronic devices are allowed and during which part of the flight. Supposedly, air carriers should now run some tests to establish whether mobile phones or other electronic devices endanger the safety of their passengers. EASA predicts that within 8 months or so we will see first airlines implementing new safety regualtions concerning electronic devices.
Now consumers having nothing else to do but wait for the infrastructure to be installed. In the future, we should see on-board WiFi as well as mobile coverage. It creates a vast array of opportunities for operators to introduce services for passengers. Maybe we will see even some kind of 10,000 feet MVNO with special PAYG SIM cards for passengers travelling with European airlines.
British Airways allowed passengers to use electronic devices (including mobiles) during take-off and landing but they have to put their device into flight mode.
This new idea to abolish the ban on electronic devices on planes comes after the European Aviation Safety Agency issued new guidelines in which they deem it safe to use electronic devices during landing and take-off. Previously, the recommendation was to have all devices switched off as they might disrupt proper functioning of the aircraft’s systems.
British Airways was the first airline to amend their rules due to new guidelines from European Aviation Safety Agency. From December 20, all passengers are allowed to use their electronic devices during the whole flight. Definitely, a lot of people will be happy to hear the news as the previous rules were troublesome and irritating. However, not everybody is happy with this turn of events. There are those that fear that next step will be to allow calling while on plane.
In reality, American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ventured this idea and voted 3-to-2 on the proposal to lift that ban. There need to be another voting before Americans will be allowed to call while flying. However, two major airlines Delta and JetBlue have already announced that they will never allow passengers to call while on the plane, because this will cause too much chaos and lower their service quality. Delta Air Lines said that if the government would force them to allow mobile connection on aircraft, they would allow texting, e-mailing and accessing the Internet as long as it is done silently.
Interestingly, British Airways passengers can already send texts and access Wi-Fi when travelling from London to New York City.