Emirates Airlines Allow Mobile Calls During Flights

Posted: Mar 21 2008, 9:05am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:51am CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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Many frequent fliers hate being on an air plane where you can’t make phone calls from your own cellular phone, but have to pay exorbitant fees to use the planes built-in phone system. Dubai-based airline Emirates announced that it will be the first airline to allow passengers to make mobile phone calls during flights.

One of the airlines Airbus A340 jets has been fitted with a system that stops mobile phone calls from interfering with aircraft electronics. According to the airline it will extend the service to more of its aircraft later this year.

The airline also says that it plans to add data services as well. The system used in the jet can stop voice calls as needed, like on night flights. Passengers will also be able to send and receive text messages in addition to voice calls once at cruise altitude.

Via BBC News

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