Passengers across Europe look set to benefit now that officials have given the nod to in-flight mobile phone calls.
It will be up to individual airlines to decide whether their passengers will be able to use their mobiles onboard and some are expected to restrict customers to text messages only. So far, carriers bmi, Ryanair and Portugese airline TAP have said that they will implement the new policy, while trials have already been carried out on some Emirates and Air France flights.
"One regulatory decision for all European airspace was required for this new service to come into being," said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding. She added that mobile phone companies must make sure they do not overcharge passengers who opt to use their mobiles while in the air.