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Soon it will be possible to use smartphones on the plane

You read that right: soon you will be able to use the smartphone during airplane flights. Has the end of the notorious “airplane mode” come to an end? It sure looks like it.

The world is about to experience a new era of “non-land” transport. As everyone knows, today the use of phones (smart and otherwise) is still prohibited on board scheduled aircraft. The reason is simple: you need to avoid telephone signal disturbances that could interfere with the aircraft itself. Passengers and crew members are asked to turn off their devices or put them in “airplane mode”, Obviously on long-haul routes this has always been a problem and not everyone is willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money to use internal WiFi in the middle. With the new EU airline rules though, that’s about to change.

Smartphone: will we no longer use airplane mode?

The Commission of the European Union has pronounced itself on this matter: it has asked that some frequency bands for aircraft drawn up in 2008 be modified ad hoc. In the first instance we had WiFi on board but with exorbitant prices and embarrassing speeds. Now with the new rules the music will be different. You will no longer have to put your device in “airplane mode” and will be able to use your data, at least in the European Union.

Indeed, there has been talk of removing this rule; in fact, after 30 June 2023, with the expiry of the limited availability of 5G frequency bands on aircraft, people will be able to use their telephone connection on board the aircraft, thus making phone calls, watching streaming films, surfing the net, working and relaxing on social media. The new system will be able to take advantage of 5G speeds (with compatible devices) unheard of with peaks of over 100 Mbps.

Finally, the chief executive officer of the UK Flight Safety Committee said:

In the past there was a fear that they could interfere with automatic flight control systems. Experience has shown that the risk of interference is very small. The recommendation has always been that once you’re airborne, the devices should be in airplane mode.

What do you think about it?

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