Tweeting has become an increasingly popular communications channel and while we might think nothing of sending a tweet whilst using any other mode of transport (including the tube thanks to the introduction of Wi-Fi on some routes following the Olympics’), the idea of sending a tweet whilst airborne still sounds a little far-fetched to many.
However, we do in fact now live in a world whereby we can tweet from 30,000 feet (depending on which airline we’re travelling with and which mobile operator we use).
‘Aeromobile’ is a service that allows passengers to use their mobile devices in flight. As a user, all you have to do is turn on your phone (when the cabin crew say you’re allowed) and it will connect automatically. At the moment in the UK only o2 and Vodafone have an agreement with Aeromobile, so those of you on other networks won’t be able to use the service (yet).
There aren’t any charges either – from the airline, that is. You will however be charged your usual roaming rates by your mobile phone operator. These should be checked thoroughly before you get too‘tweet happy’ as they can soon add up!
Like on the ground, the signal willdip in and out and you may get a few black spots but it will allow you to not feel totally disconnected whilst travelling and can give business travellers a great opportunity to claw back missed office hours.
It is important to note that some countries, like the USA ban mobile phone use when flying through their airspace; when you get close to US airspace, Aeromobile will automatically switch itself off so you should be prepared for such outages.
You can currently use Aeromobile on Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, KLM Airlines, SAS and Transaero Airlines. Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways and Lufthansa are all currently preparing to launch the service.