UK carrier bmi will be the first airline to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on flights.
Trials across bmi routes will begin this month, although passengers will still face restrictions on their handset use at this early stage.
Passengers using their mobile phones during flights will only be allowed to send text messages, at a cost of around 39 pence, but will not be allowed to make phone calls as of yet.
However, the transition to full blown mobile phone use could prove difficult, with research by Which? revealing that 67 percent of passengers would find it annoying.
Despite this, four in ten of those surveyed indicated that they would probably use their mobile phones on flights if it were allowed.