Making cell phone calls during flight passes safety test and awaits for approval, 15 yuan per minute
From Sohu: Cnr.cn news, Beijing. According to the news reported by Voice of China “Peak Evening News” at 17:39 on June 24, Air China cabin service department vice-president Wang Xiaolun said, some passengers need to be constantly reminded by the flight attendant to turn off their cell phones before the plane takes off, this indicates people’s need of communicating with the outside world (when on a plane). Achieving communication via cellular phone in above 10,000 meters altitude will become an effective way to attract travelers and to provide satisfactory services for the passengers.
At the China Air Transport Association and airline in-flight communications seminar, three China’s major airlines already signed contract to develop in-flight communication software with mobile operators. Once approved by the government, passengers can freely make phone calls on the plane, and the charge will be around 15 yuan per minute.
Today when we reported this, users are very excited because most of them believed that the reason mobile phones are not used during flight is due to safety reasons. But it turns out the cell phone signal cannot reach above 10,000 meters in altitude, as long as the technology enables this talking on the cell phone during flight is possible. “The flight now reaches high altitude; please keep your cell phones off.” This classic phrase used on flights could become history.