4G and 3G data on planes approved by European Commission

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    http://www.t3.com/news/4g-and-3g-data-on-planes-approved-by-european-commission

    The European Commission has approved the use of 3G and 4G data on flights over European airspace. This means that airlines are now free to decide whether they let passengers use data services whilst flying on their planes.

    Despite the general belief that all data had been banned the EC had actually granted the use of 2G data during flights however a large percentage of airlines still stick with the flight mode rule during flights.

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    Hmmm, it appears that the EC is in synch with the US, regarding the use of electronic devises while in flight. It will be interesting to see if/when these policies are in place on transcontinental flights between Europe and the US.
     
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    [quot="Newscience, post: 2218938, member: 139899"]Hmmm, it appears that the EC is in synch with the US, regarding the use of electronic devises while in flight. It will be interesting to see if/when these policies are in place on transcontinental flights between Europe and the US.[/quote]
    This is VERY different from simply allowing the use of ped below 1000 ft. AFAIK the airlines do not allow use of cell phones in the air for voice and only allow their own paid wifi, though they can't enforce using your own data plan I guess, if that would even work.
     
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    This is VERY different from simply allowing the use of ped below 1000 ft. AFAIK the airlines do not allow use of cell phones in the air for voice and only allow their own paid wifi, though they can't enforce using your own data plan I guess, if that would even work.[/quote]

    Thanks for your post! Well, on my flight today from IAD to ATL, you could hear some idiot's cell phone ringing as the airplane was taking off. The airline's stated policies to turn off or not use cell phones in broadcast mode are largely unenforceable by flight attendants. And the FAs surely aren't going to examine everyone's phone prior to takeoff and landing to check for compliance. It seems as though there will always be someone who thinks that they are much too important to follow directions, and will leave their phones on broadcast mode during a flight.
     

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