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Should You Turn Your Phone On Airplane Mode When You Get On A Plane?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bans using cellular phones on airplanes, but do our phones interfere with the planes' electrical system?

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gizmodo ~ "Now keep in mind, federal law requires you to follow the aircraft crew’s instructions, which includes turning on airplane mode. Regardless of the technological discussion, you could face fines or go to jail for failing to do.

Even without a pico-cell, there’s limited evidence that a phone has ever interfered with a plane’s electrical systems. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted a study in 2012 that found nearly zero conclusive instances of aircraft disturbances from cell phone usage. Most of the evidence on this seems to be anecdotal or severely outdated.

The real reason is this: Airlines think people won’t stop yapping on their cell phones during flights, leading to more instances of “air rage.” That’s why regulators continue to ban phone calls and data usage on planes: it’s just plain annoying.

The reality is that phones haven’t interfered with in-flight electrical systems or terrestrial wireless services for decades. The actual reason you’re turning on airplane mode is for your fellow passengers." ~ gizmodo

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