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European Union to cancel airplane mode requirement

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Market Desk (Tech): This came as the European Commission ruled that airlines can provide 5G on flights, meaning flyers no longer have to put their phone on airplane mode. Member states have until 30 June 2023 to make the 5G frequency bands available for planes, according to the BBC.

Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the internal market, said it would be beneficial for European companies and enable innovative services for people.

The use of 5G on flights has been banned due to the lack of knowledge of how it could impact the plane. Some had fears that the data frequency from phones would interfere with flight control systems. This could potentially impact the altitude measurements of the aircraft’s automatic control systems.

But Dai Whittingham, CEO of the UK Flight Safety Committee said that this is not an issue in the UK and EU.

He said, after entering the flight, all the devices used in telecommunication were asked to be put in airplane mode. Currently, in terms of various surveys and studies, it appears that the level of risk in using cellular networks is very low. There were concerns that the different frequencies of the 5G network could interfere with aircraft communications.

There was also criticism that network effects could lead to inaccurate height measurements from the ground. However, UK and EU countries will not have a problem, said Dai Whittingham.

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