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In Europe, 'airplane mode' will soon be a thing of the past, where hopefully the US will soon follow suit. The European Commission has updated its inflight communications policy and will allow users to use 5G during flights.
Until now, on flights we were asked to turn on the famous 'airplane mode' during takeoff and landing. It was a security measure to prevent interference with any other electrical or telecommunications system on the plane, which, could lead to diversions of a plane's route.
During the rest of the flight, the use of a WiFi network provided usually at a fee by the company with which you flew was allowed when the plane had already exceeded a certain height and was off both the take-off runway and the landing strip.
Now, the European Union has announced that all passengers on board flights within the European Union will be able to keep their electronic devices on as well as mobile data activated, in order to use 5G networks on them.
In this way, passengers will be able to access connectivity "to the maximum of its capacity and characteristics, as with a 5G mobile network on land."
This would take effect on June 30th, 2023 "at the latest", according to the institution.
We will, of course, update you as we receive more information.