Travel Insurance: Planes get mobile

Friday, 10 November 2006

You may enjoy the brief respite which air travel allows you from the noise and stress of having a mobile phone, but this is about to stop.

Passengers on Emirates flights will be allowed to use their mobile phones from next year under a new deal with AeroMobile.

The Dubai-based airline will be the first to allow texting and calling while in the air although all phone activity must take place on silent mode if the flights take place during nighttimes.

Technology prevents any more than five calls simultaneously taking place on each flight and the calls will be charged in line with international roaming rates.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chief executive officer at Emirates, said: "Our customers are already making more than 6,000 calls a month from our in-seat phones, so we will be making life easier for those for whom staying in touch using their mobile phone has become an indispensable part of their everyday lives."

Travel insurance customers will be encouraged to keep their phones on vibrate to minimise discomfort to passengers who wish to relax and enjoy their holidays in peace.

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