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US and British intelligence agencies have spied on passengers using their cell phones on planes, a report says. The report cites documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and UK counterpart GCHQ have been working on intercepting data from passengers' cell phones on commercial airlines including Air France since 2005, France's Le Monde newspaper has reported.
Air France was among the first airlines to be targeted by projects belonging to the two spy agencies after it carried out tests on allowing the use of mobile phones in the air in 2007. At the time, this was not a common practice, though some 100 companies now do permit it.
The French airline was seen as a prominent terrorist target by both national security agencies.

"The use of mobile phones with internet connections in the sky gave rise to the creation of specific programs at the NSA and GCHQ," Le Monde wrote in its report.
The paper, in partnership with news website "The Intercept," has access to the archive of documents gathered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked masses of classified information on the US surveillance of private data to the press.



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