Are cell phone calls on airplane flights ever likely to become a reality?
According to CBS News, several countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore allow airline passengers to make cellphone calls while on planes.
“It’s now that we are seeing connectivity decisions made that aren’t just about whether cell phones should be allowed on airplanes — they are being made based on connectivity options that the airlines wish to offer,” John Thornton, editor of the aviation industry news site Airline Business, told CBS News.
Until they can be seamlessly integrated with aircraft, the Federal Communications Commission won’t give cell phone providers the approval needed to start streaming cellphone calls, according to the website.
“The ability to safely and reliably provide the on-demand functionality for on-demand voice and data services to passengers is still a ways off,” according to Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, in a blog post last month.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced in January 2018 that it will allow passengers to use cell phones on planes for the first time.
Several airlines, such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Easy Jet, Jetblue, American Eagle, SkyWest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, and Virgin America, allow for the use of cell phones for calls during all phases of flight.