Restriction on the in-flight use of electronic devices is about to be lifted. Flyers’ needs to be constantly connected has led authorities to revisit their ban.
Despite the availability of similar services while the plane airborne, not many passengers use their electronic devices during flight.
This is a result of the lack of promotion and the high costs associated with roaming charges (which vary between US$ 3 – US$ 4 per minute). However, we expect prices to be reduced significantly once the easing on current restrictions are in force.
Currently, up to 19 airlines in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America allow their passengers to talk on their mobile phone and send text messages and/or e-email during flight
|1. Aer Lingus||Long haul||—||X||X|
|2. Aeroflot||A320, A330, B777||X||X||X|
|3. Air Asia||Short haul||X||X||X|
|4. Air France||Long haul B77-300||—||X||X|
|5. Azerbaijan Airlines||A320||X||X||X|
|6. British Airways||A318||X||X||X|
|8. Emirates||Long and short haul flights to/from Dubai||X||X||X|
|9. Etihad||Long haul||X||X||X|
|11. Libyan Airlines||A320, A330||X||X||X|
|12. Malaysia Airlines||777||X||X||X|
|13. Oman Air||A330||X||X||X|
|14. Philippine Airlines||A330, B777||X||X||X|
|15. Qatar Airways||A320, B787||X||X||X|
|16. Royal Jordanian||A320||X||X||X|
|18. Saudi Arabian Airlines||A330, B777||X||X||X|
|19. Singapore Airlines||A340, A380, B777||—||X||X|
|21. TAP Portugal||A319s||X||X||X|
|22. Transaero||B747s, B777s||X||X||X|
|23. Virgin Atlantic||A330-300, B747-400||X||X||X|
The Federal Aviation Administration is studying the possibility of permitting the service on North American airlines after having had determined electronic devices do not cause any interference with the plane’s navigational equipment nor pose a security risk once a plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Ian Dawkins, OnAir‘s CEO (a provider of GSM and in-flight wifi established in 2007) stated that the average in-flight voice call lasts under two minutes, and are conducted by flyers who need to stay in touch with their families and co-workers.
This new range of services provided during flight is a clear demonstration that travelers’ habits are changing due to needs created by an increased dependency on electronic devices, thus contributing to a change in behavior when traveling.