The Wall Street Journal is reporting that passengers on European flights will be able to send text messages and e-mails from their cell phones while in the air. According to the Associated Press, the messages do not interfere with navigation because all mobile devices are forced to connect to the plane’s network and blocked from accessing other networks. Although the system is capable of handling voice transmissions as well, the airlines are reluctant to permit it. Air France is running a voice calling trial on some of its flights and Lufthansa decided not to permit voice calling after company surveys revealed that passengers did not want to be disturbed.
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