The European Union Will Allow Calls on Flights in 2023
If switching your phone to ‘Airplane Mode’ as you get ready to fly has become part of your routine, that could all soon come to an end. The European Commission has just ruled that airlines can allow 5G on board as well as mobile data. This means you would no longer be cut off from the world while in the air. You’ll be able to keep up with the outside world, make calls, stream videos and catch up on work mid-flight.
However, this huge change currently only applies to the European Union, and it’s unclear whether the UK will follow.
Although 5G will now be allowed on planes, the final decision on whether to follow is in the hands of individual airlines. Many airlines, such as Virgin and British Airways, do not allow voice or video calls anyway, so even if the UK does follow in the EU’s footsteps, it may not make much of a difference. But, if you’re travelling within the EU at some point in 2023 on an airline that’s decided to implement, it’s a significant change.
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What a horrible thought. Stuck on a plane with someone next to me chattering or shouting into a phone.
Worst. News. Ever!
Agree with Stu P and Paul, worst flying news ever. I predict air rage !
Agree with previous comments. People talking loudly into phones. Dam things ringing when you are trying to sleep!
Whoever thought this was a good idea obviously doesn’t fly often themselves. 🙄
what a nightmare. We are already subjected to morons walking around with their phone on speaker (hasn’t anyone told them how a phone works?) holding it to their mouth then moving it to the ear and subjecting us to their tedious prattle. A plane was the one place to get away from it.
I presume EU airlines operating routes to and from the UK will be able to offer calls – not that I think it’s good news!
Doubtless someone feels their human rights are violated by being unable to yap into their phone and this sparked the change. I am cabin crew (not in the EU) and there are several kind ways to ask people to hush up….
Vegas stag parties congregating at 4R (where, incidentally there are only 2 oxygen masks in a decompression and one of them is mine)
Dubai vomit comet
Bangkok express (though always quiet on the way back because by then they’ve exhausted themselves in Pat Pong Alley
Leave it to me lovvies, phones wont bother anyone if this law comes to the UK.
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