Already in the summer season of 2023, tourists will be able to make calls from the plane, as well as connect to the Internet, etc. At least when it comes to European flights. This was stated in the British Express, referring to the fact that by next summer the EU must provide its countries with 5G, which will be able to connect to a special technology that allows tourists to make phone calls, connect to Wi-Fi, access social networks, etc. . from the plane. However, experts are sure that the service, most likely, will not be free – and they doubt whether all passengers will be satisfied with it.
Experts remind us that for now, most tourists will be asked to turn off gadgets or put them in airplane mode. The only way to communicate with the world – and not on all liners – is to pay for expensive Wi-Fi.
However, in late November, the EU announced that airlines would soon be allowed to provide 5G on flights. As a result, flight mode may be necessary within the EU, and tourists can use their smartphones without restrictions during flights. Moreover, the deadline for the entry into force of this measure has already been announced — June 30, 2023. That is, most of the summer season will already passed after the introduction of this measure.
As experts reveal, the special technology will connect the planes with the mobile network on the ground via satellite. Once the equipment is installed on the liners, passengers will be able to use their phones using mobile data. However, it’s not yet known whether the connectivity service will be free for passengers – it likely won’t be – and how much it will compromise on Wi-Fi, which is already available but not cheap – British Airways charges from £1.99. There is also the issue of roaming and others. And finally, experts ask how comfortable the flights will be, taking into account people who like to watch children’s programs without headphones and make noisy calls.