Published October 22, 2013
The irritating habit of keeping passengers having to put their mobile device off as soon as they get into a plane and turning it on as soon as the plane lands is ending after the Federal Aviation Authority of the United States of America (FAA) established that mobile phones are now safe to use on planes and do not pose any security risk.
Many airlines have already incorporated Wi-Fi connectivity on their planes though the service is only functional when the plane is in the air; that is after it takes off and before it lands.
American Airlines and British Airways are some of the major airlines offering Wi-Fi connection to their passengers at an additional cost. On the other hand, Air France-KLM is still running some trials on Wi-Fi connection service in planes before incorporating it in all of the airplanes hopefully around December 2013 or January 2014.
According to a study carried out by Skyscanner in October 2013 on the use of mobile phones while flying, 75% of those interviewed do not like the idea of paying extra cash for the Wi-Fi connection services, which usually ranges between US$15 and US$30 per hour. However, they are happy about such services as they will be able to use their mobile devices on flights.
For this study, Skyscanner surveyed 1000 international passengers whether they would use their phones on flights if they were allowed to do so. A massive 61% of the respondents answered in the affirmative.
Currently, more than 67% of air passengers usually turn on their mobile devices, such as phones or tablets, once the plane hits the runway because current regulations restrict in-flight cellular communications. The phones are required to be either in flight mode or off.