Passengers can now speak on the phone while flying

Photo by Alexander Schimmeck/

New 5G service provided by the European Union will help travelers freely use their mobile phones in the air 

It’s time to say goodbye to the airplane mode while flying, as the European Commission has decided to designate frequencies for the new 5G service. According to a report by El Pais on Tuesday, November 29, this service will let the mobile phones stay connected when in the air.  

A statement by Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal market in the report said, “The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity.  

In addition to this the European Commission said that this decision will authorize airlines to allow their clients to use their phones on the plane freely. The statement added, passengers can make and receive calls, send text messages as well as use data, “just as they would on the ground”.  

As per the present regulations, passengers are required to turn their mobiles phones off or on airplane mode as they can create interference in the plains telecommunication and electric system, the report said.  

But with 5G being introduced now, the use of a specific bandwidth ensures no interference happens with the plane. The report also said that even though the phones can be left on which flying, the network will only be available at low altitudes and in good weather conditions.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check out the EuroNews247 website for all your up-to-date European news stories.