Mobile phones and internet access on airplanes
This article is a travel topic
The laws are constantly changing as the safety of using electronics in the sky is being evaluated.
In Europe, it is now permitted to access the internet using a mobile phone signal while on an airplane. There may be a fee charged by the airline. Most airlines do not allow talking while in the air, but do allow passengers to engage in silent activities, including texting and internet.
In the United States, it is now permitted to leave all electronic devices on during takeoff and landing on airlines that have proven to FAA officials that such devices do not interfere with their equipment.
Use of these devices is permitted throughout the flight except for phone conversations.
It is currently not possibly to get a mobile phone signal at above 30,000 feet, so it is recommended to place the device on airplane mode to avoid draining the battery, which probably cannot be recharged during the flight.
Airlines with WiFi
The following is a partial list of airlines that offer WiFi for a fee on some of their planes:
*WiFi is free on Norwegian
Currently, there is no internet access available while a plane is flying overseas. This may change in the upcoming years. If so, it may come at a heavy cost, similar to that of cruise ships.
In the absence of a connection
It may be hard for some to spend hours, sometimes more than half a day, without being able to communicate at all with the outside world. But there are things you can do to make the time go fast and best prepare your devices for the sky.