pretty soon, we won't be asked to turn off our phones during flights. thanks to airbus, who developed an onboard mobile phone system, we can soon receive calls, send SMS, and send e-mails through our precious mobile phones.
the planemaker must have a good onboard mobile system in place, because they're the first one to receive an approval from european aviation authorities. even though the system allows voice calls, there is a button that can restrict mobile phone use to SMS and e-mails only.
for the moment, the technology is being tested in short-haul european flights. once airbus receives an airworthiness certification, the onboard mobile phone system can be used by airlines flying within western europe.
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