Cellphones in the sky
BRITISH AIRWAYS has announced it will begin to allow in-flight cellphone use for flyers using its new business class route between London City Airport and New York’s JFK airport later this year. Text and mobile Internet will be allowed – but not voice calls as yet.
It will allow passengers to stay in touch via their own cellphones and access the Internet and send emails from laptops with data cards or modems. BA says it will also eventually allow voice calls.
Mobile OnAir, a company that claims to have the world’s most widely used and extensive network for international mobile communications, will provide the service for BA.
In future it seems likely cellphone use on aircraft will become commonplace using GSM technology fitted in aircraft, provided none of BA’s fleet falls from the sky as a result of cellular interference.