IoT
Mobile
Commentary
3/21/2008
05:04 PM
Jake Widman
Jake Widman
Commentary
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
DNS: Up Your Security vs. Complexity Game Quickly
May 26, 2016
To help you optimize security as you cope with complexity, InformationWeek is offering you an excl ...Read More>>

Quantas, Emirates Allow In-Flight Cell Phone Use

BBC News, CNET News

Two international airlines have announced plans to permit passengers to use their cell phones in flight: Qanta will permit text messaging and e-mails, while Emirates will become the first airline to allow voice calls as well.Australian carrier Qantas tried out its plan for nine months on one airplane, testing passenger reaction as well as the reaction of the aircraft systems. Later this year, Qantas will expand the program to other Boeing 767s and Airbus 330s in its fleet.

Emirates, based in Dubai, conducted a similar trial last year but also permitted voice calls on a recent Airbus A340 flight from Dubai to Casablanca. The calls go through a special system on the plane that communicates with the ground via satellite and shields the aircraft systems from interference. The test went well enough that Emirates now plans to extend the system to more aircraft and add support for other devices, such as BlackBerrys.BBC News, CNET News

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
InformationWeek Elite 100
InformationWeek Elite 100
Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of June 19, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.