Why passengers on board are always asked to turn off their gadgets

Everyone who has ever flown an airplane in any country in the world knows that the crew always asks to turn off mobile phones or put them into flight mode before takeoff.

TRAVEL RBC-Ukraine tells why this happens and what will happen if you do not turn off the gadget during the flight.
Why do they ask you to put your phone in airplane mode on an airplane?

The fact that airplane mode is named after the mode of transport you use hints at the importance of turning off your phone. Most think it has to do with flight safety and even the possibility that the plane might crash.

However, according to Business Insider, there has never been a documented case of a mobile phone causing a plane to crash. The real reason has to do with what happens at 10,000 feet (over 3 kilometers).

At this altitude, your phone’s signal is usually stronger than on the ground. Its signal can be reflected from several towers. And there are fears that the signal will interfere with communication between the pilot and people on the ground.

“The phone is unlikely to cause a plane to crash. In fact, this is not the problem. It is that it creates an additional workload for the pilots during critical stages of the flight. When they take off and when they land, these phases of flight require a high level of concentration from the crew,” former Boeing engineer Kenny Kirchoff told the publication.

What Really Happens If You Don’t Turn Your Phone Off During a Flight

Photo: So far, there have been no recorded cases of a plane crash due to the included mobile phones, studies say (freepik.com)

However, according to the European Aviation Safety Agency, electronic devices currently do not pose a threat to flight safety. However, each individual airline must prove that their systems are not affected by mobile phone signals.
What they say in the official bodies that regulate flights

Aviation experts say the main reason phones still need to be turned off or put on flight mode on airplanes these days is for the peace of mind of passengers.

At the same time, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still prohibits communication on mobile phones during the flight.

“Cell phone communications are prohibited by FAA and FCC rules,” said Elizabeth Isham Corey of the FAA’s Travel + Leisure Department of External Communications and Public Affairs.

“We prohibit the use of telephones on board aircraft for safety reasons. FAA regulations prohibit anything that emits a signal, including telephones used for voice communications. The airline must demonstrate that a telephone call does not cause electronic interference,” she explained.

What Really Happens If You Don’t Turn Your Phone Off During a Flight

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By Editor