How to use your digital devices when travelling by plane or train?
The regulations concerning the use digital devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones ) on airplanes, will be reviewed 2014, the rules will made less strict! When it comes to trains, the rules are not as flexible as it may seems.
Travelling by plane
Why you asked need to turn off your mobile phones on an airplane?
Mobile phones emits electromagnetic waves, which may cause interference if the phone transmits signals on the same frequency range as the aircraft's equipment. It should be noted that there's no scientific study that has proven this fact.
Some companies such as Air France -KLM and Emirates offer secure alternatives:
Air France -KLM service provide access to Wi- Fi.
Emirates provide access to mobile relay that forwards calls to a satellite.
What will change as from 2014?
As from 2014, the European Commission authorizes the use of electronic devices in Wi-Fi only mode, when flying over the European area.
No calls and no 3G connection: Passengers can therefore surf online using Wi-Fi. As for telephony services, only SMS and emails are allowed.