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Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 769
To the OP - not much can be done about it once the flight is over.
Member since 25 Jul 2011
Total posts 9
It is true that there is little to no danger of cellular connections interfering with aircraft communications in general, provided everything is in good working order. If there is an equipment failure or damage to an aircraft however, there is a possibility that radio interference could become dangerous.
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Member since 19 Jan 2018
Total posts 64
I have spoken with a couple of friends who are pilots (both commercial and GA) and the general view is that there is no significant safety risk posed by mobile phone use.
Many posters would be aware that some pilots, in fact, use iPads connected to cellular data whilst in the flight deck provided it is safe to do so. I have seen this first hand.
I believe that the time will come when the ban on mobile phone use will be lifted altogether. I do, however, agree that it would be undesirable in the extreme to have people (particularly those cramped into a Y class cabin) talking freely on the phone.
Member since 15 Sep 2016
Total posts 43
There are lots of different reasons why airline carriers don't like mobile phones - some say safety, others say privacy, some due to interference with avionics, etc
Yes, its a fact GSM, 3-4g signals on some frequencies do cause staticfeedback on aircraft communications systems, yes some mobile operators frequencies do use the same as radar, telemetry, etc
However, if phones were really that unsafe, you would never be allowed to take it onboard to start with!
Its almost impossible to allow passengers to self regulate or adhere to the rules by themselves - take baggage, there are clear rules on in cabin bags, weight, size, etc - we all at times exceed don't we? don't take yourseat belt off until the Cap has turned off the seatbelt sign?!? of course people do
In terms of privacy and the close proximity to other passengers - well buses, trains, etc all allow phones? so why cant planes?
Its a commercial and technical argument that has slowed the adoption, if it were cheap and the technology allowed for seamless coverage at 35K feet, it would have been the norm years ago, we would be all used to it by now.....
great debate as usual AusBT....
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Member since 23 Oct 2013
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Back in the good old days (with older planes) it could have potentially caused a problem if many people were using low frequencies 700-900Mhz.
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Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 170
An interesting, knowledgeable and informative post from henrus, as usual. Thanks! I do recall watching that Mythbusters episode years ago ... but from memory they were only allowed to do the testing on the ground because of the regulations.
Member since 04 Apr 2014
Total posts 135
I was using my my iPad on a flight recently. We were at 30-something thousand feet, cruise mode in the middle of the US. Boing goes the iPad loudly - Skype call from my father in NZ.
Member since 21 Jul 2016
Total posts 25
There are three points mentioned by contributors worth empasising.
By the way, people phoning on busses and trains can be an issue.
Member since 27 Nov 2017
Total posts 4
As I was getting into my seat on an Air Canada flight SYD -YVR, my phone slipped out of my pocket and disappeared into a crevice between the seat cushion and the wall of the cabin. I hadn't had a chance to switch it to airplane mode and the flight was 14 hours long. Can you imagine my embarrassment, shame and anxiety?
Member since 19 Apr 2012
Total posts 725
The question is not do one person using it but 300 at the same time. That is the nub of the issue here.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 266
I do this all the time, while in flight mode.
It’s sadly unsurprising to see so many posts where people are justifying ignoring instruction from crew because “they know better”.
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