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In-flight calls could make 'business travel easier'

26 January 2009 10:37

In-flight calls could make 'business travel easier'

Business people who regularly fly overseas as part of their work look set to benefit after Ofcom approved mobile phone usage on aeroplanes.

Earlier this week, the watchdog gave the go ahead to in-flight calls provided the specific technologies used by airlines were approved by the both Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The Air Transport Users Council (AUC) said that passengers should expect to be able to use their mobile phones when they fly soon, which will be useful for business people wanting to keep in touch with the office.

James Fremantle, industry affairs manager for the AUC, said, however, that airlines will also be aware that some of their customers may be unimpressed with the move.

"It's difficult to say where the passenger interest is, because some people will like it and some people won't," he said.

"What it will come down to is the individual choice of the airline involved; obviously they don't want to annoy their passengers and put people off, so they have to make a commercial decision about whether passengers want it or not."

Business people travelling overseas with mobile phones, laptops or other expensive equipment are warned to make sure they have purchased travel insurance before they fly. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18526842-ADNFCR