Prepare to be fully disturbed from your mid-flight nap when traveling through Europe as in-flight phone usage will soon be approved. Turbulence is one thing, but other people’s phone conversations on volume 10 are a whole other level of “Are you kidding me?!”
A year ago, the European Commission outlined plans to enable mobile phone calls, texting, and video streaming at 30,000 feet, and just last week, member states were required to provide aircraft with 5G technology by the June 30 deadline. According to a Kayak study, one-in-five passengers object to this change, preferring peace and quiet.
The European Commission’s approval will allow airlines to provide high-speed internet via 5G frequencies for mobile phone data usage on flights, giving passengers the convenience of making calls, accessing apps, and streaming and downloading media content quickly.
Bon voyage, and may your noise-canceling headphones be fully charged and working to avoid overhearing conversations you wish you hadn’t… unless, of course, eavesdropping is your passion. Then, enjoy, I guess?