Before takeoff and shortly before landing, flight attendants ask passengers to switch their electronic devices to flight mode. However, far from everyone complies because we just don’t understand how our small smartphones can interfere with the operation of a high-tech aircraft.
WeGoRo suggests we figure out why this is so important together.
In flight mode, your gadget disables all data services (Wi-Fi, GSM, Bluetooth, etc). Simply put, your phone or tablet ceases to function as a radio receiver. If your smartphone has not been switched to flight mode, then the signals emanating from it may interfere with the highly sensitive electronic devices of the aircraft.
When a smartphone is simply locked and you’re not using it, it is still searching for a network, and its frequency may overlap with the frequency of aircraft devices. Even if you think a "sleeping" gadget does not pose a threat, switch it to flight mode.
If your device doesn’t have this functionality, just turn it off.
As you know, takeoff and landing are the most difficult stages of the flight, during which pilots need to coordinate their actions with the flight control center on the ground. All this is done using the aircraft’s navigation system. The signal of your gadget can cause interference in the radio communication, and the pilot will not hear information transmitted by the traffic controller. This might lead to an emergency situation.
These lists and rules may vary depending on the airline. Please check the official website before flying.
A couple of working phones won’t crash a plane. But if everyone onboard actively uses their gadgets, the interference will be noticeable.
Let’s appreciate the work of others and not create unnecessary difficulties for pilots. After all, it only takes a couple of seconds to switch your phone to flight mode. Enjoy the ride!
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