Tuesday, September 19, 2017
This is Why You Need To Switch On The Airplane Mode During...

This is Why You Need To Switch On The Airplane Mode During Flight

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How frequently do you travel by Flight? Do you follow are the rules pertaining to Electronic Devices? Especially your cell phone. Keeping the phone on Airplane mode sure make you miss those continuous chatting for a few hours! But have you ever wondered why it is asked of you to Switch your phone off or keep it in Airplane mode? Electronic Interference? Yes What would happen if you do not keep your phone in Airplane mode? What is the real reason?

Young woman on airplane choosing music on smartphone
Young woman on airplane choosing music on smartphone

The general belief is thatwe must turn our phones to airplane mode, otherwise, the signal interference may happen that sometimes can even cause theplane crash! Really? Is the airplane that sensitive? Can it crash just because one person forgot to put his cell phone on Airplane mode? Are the authority people so stupid to entirely dependon your sense and hoping it would be sane enough to keep your phone off? Hell, No!

Now that we know, the plane doesnt crash(there were apparently two cases of crashes which were the extreme cases and not sure that happened due to mobile phones!), do we still need to turn the phone to Airplane mode? Why is it that the airplane staff keep stressing on that point? To be truthful, there actually is an effect of your phones signals onto the Airplane signals but it is minimal. The effect, however, is multiplied when all the passengers start using their phones on theflight and not care about the guidelines!

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The reason for using Airplane Mode actually is three-fold:

1. The cellular towers pass the signals along the ground and not in the air and hence when your phone tries to catch any network, the battery is drained. Whatever small range of signal it catches by chance also doesnt last long as you are traveling at a high speed and at a greater altitude. The only thing it will do to your phone is, drain the battery and might cause other problems too.

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2. When the signal is weak, it is amplified a lot and this causes adisturbance in Air traffic controllers. Additionally, the pilots headphones hear an annoying sound due to the signal of your phone! Better not to annoy a person who is responsible for your life at the time of the flight, right?

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3. The cellular towers are on the ground much below the height at which you are traveling.It can apparently degrade the networks significantly.

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3. The cellular towers are on the ground much below the height at which you are traveling.It can apparently degrade the networks significantly.

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The point is simple. Do adhere to the guidelines as you would not want to make the pilot unhappy and your phone drained. And believe me, a few hours of peace is needed! Happy Flying ?

 

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