No more airplane mode? EU to allow calls on flights

No More Airplane Mode??

Soon, travelers on European Union (EU) airlines will be able to make full use of their phones while flying.
The European Commission decided that airlines could offer both 5G technology and slower mobile broadband on board aircraft.

Although it’s not obvious how it will be implemented, this could mean that passengers won’t need to put their phones on airplane mode anymore.

No More Airplane Mode

The member nations must make the 5G frequency bands accessible to aircraft by 30 June 2023.

As a result, users can make calls and use data-intensive apps that stream music and video while in flight.

The proposal will “allow innovative services for people,” according to EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton, and aid in expanding European businesses.

When it comes to the opportunities provided by ultra-fast, high-capacity connectivity, the sky is no longer the limit, he declared.

The end of airplane mode? ( No More Airplane Mode)?

Since 2008, the EU Commission has set aside specific frequency channels for use by aircraft, enabling some providers to provide internet connectivity while in the air.

However, this service has historically been slow because it relied on technology to connect individuals via a satellite between an air plane and the ground.

With 5G’s far quicker download speeds—which, according to mobile network EE, can reach over 100Mbps—the new system will be able to download a movie in only a few minutes.

Due of a dearth of information about how mobile devices affect aircraft, Dai Whittingham, chief executive of the UK Flight Safety Committee, told the BBC that air plane mode was historically significant.

He stated that there was a worry that they would obstruct automatic flight control systems.

“Experience has shown that there is extremely little chance of interference. It has always been advised to put your gadgets on airplane mode once you are in the air.”

No More Airplane Mode

In the US, there has been worry that 5G frequencies might interfere with aircraft and result in inaccurate altitude readings.

But according to Mr. Whittingham, this is not a problem in the UK or the EU.

We have a separate set of frequencies for 5G, and there are lower power settings than those permitted in the US, so there is considerably less chance of interference, he claimed.

“The general public who travels wants 5G. The authorities will allow for that possibility, but safety precautions will be make in whatever they do.

The BBC has got the Civil Aviation Authority, the agency overseeing airplane safety in the UK, for comment.

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