Lately using mobile phones on board of a plane has been an object of many discussions. The reason is the industry is pushed to follow constantly developing technologies. Flight attendants usually tell passengers to turn their cell phones – and other electronic means of communication – to airplane mode during transfer. But what may happen if you do not obey this rule? Sadly, the answer to this question is still somewhat unclear.
Why should electronic devices be switched off?
Carrying out some preliminary research helps us understand, why we are told to turn our mobile phones off when taking an air trip. When you raise up over 3000 meters in the air, your mobile phone signal deflects off numerous towers and transmits a stronger signal, which theoretically can lead to congesting on-the-ground networks. However, not a single case of a mobile phone bringing about a plain accident has ever been registered.
What do aviation engineers say?
An ex-engineer of Boeing planes say it isn’t invariably that a cell phone is able to strike down a plane. The device on its own is not a problem. The problem lies in extra work pilots have to cope with during flight’s crucial stages because of electronic devices that raise difficulties. Taking off and touching ground are stages requiring pilots’ undistracted attention.