The happy days of aircraft being a safe haven from the office, where mobile phones are 'off limits' for the duration allowing hourse of comparitive peace may soon be coming to an end. Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator announced this week that airlines could apply for a licence to offer the service. This is one of the last obstacles to mobile telephone use being permitted in aircraft.
The first licence could be granted early in 2008, with Ryanair expected to be among the front runners in permitting in-flight mobile calls and text messages, although phones would still have to be switched off for take-off and landing. Assuming Ofcom go ahead with the proposal the European Aviation Safety Agency and the CAA will have to give the idea the nod too. So make the best of it while peace reigns.