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What Happens When You Keep Your Cell Phone Turned On During A Flight
By Dorothy Tan, 12 Oct 2017
This is standard procedure whenever you get on a plane—before take-off, the flight crew would remind you to either switch off you cell phone, or turn on flight mode.
However, have you ever wondered why you have to do that, and what happens when you do not comply? Southern Living magazine recently shared a post that sheds light on this rule.
It turns out that the no cellphone rule was set more than 20 years ago to prevent radio interference caused by amplified cell phone signals bouncing off multiple towers when the plane is more than 10,000 feet in the air—however, a cell phone has never caused a plane to crash.
Having said that, it is also believed that electronic interference can cause more work and stress for the pilots during critical stages of flight, such as take-off and landing. On the other hand, new technology designed to shield airplanes from such interference has become readily available and widely used.
Watch the video below to find out more about the technicalities of this rule—do you switch off your cell phone when you are on a plane?
[via Southern Living, opening image via Shutterstock]
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