Under the new amendments, aviation companies are also required to set up a management system that will “prevent and minimize civil aviation accidents.” For example, if a flight is delayed, they must alert passengers and provide necessary services.
In the United States, passengers on most major airlines are allowed to use their mobile devices in airplane mode, with many carriers equipped with WIFI for pay. Recently, the FCC proposed that airlines should be able to allow passengers to use cellular connections once the plane reaches 10,000 feet, as, they claim, technological advancements no longer make it a danger. The decision is up to individual airlines to adjust their policies as they see fit.
Some international airlines, including Emirates, Etihad, and Qantas, already allow passengers to use their mobile phones for calls, texts, and web browsing, and have not faced any issues relating to cellular usage.