Using (cellular) mobile phone during flight

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Powerledger

Member since 01 Mar 2018

Total posts 14

Sorry just off topic. I travel alot and am amazed at the increasing number of people who take their seat belt off before the Captain has turned off the seatbelt sign and then stand up. I have witnessed this a number of times lately on JQ and QF. The FA having to make a loud announcement to people to sit down and put the seat belt back on, this all happening whilst the aircraft is still moving.

Powerledger

Member since 01 Mar 2018

Total posts 14

This being on the ground of course

Mrminivee

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Mar 2018

Total posts 19

Singapore Air allows cellular to be used (for a price). How's that any different?

Journeyman

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 11 Sep 2015

Total posts 17

You will NOT get a cellular signal at 30,000 feet. Yes you can on approach and after take-off below about 1-2,000 metres.

If you think you have public network cellular on SIA you don't. They use a micro-cell in the cabin and its carried over satellite.

desafinado74

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 02 Dec 2016

Total posts 4

I really hope airlines do not ever allow phone calls to be made on a flight. Imagine dozens of people making calls in a confined space throughout a long flight, what a nightmare scenario. It is already annoying enough when people talking loudly on the phones on buses, trains etc. I wish every country would follow Japan's example, where it is rude to make calls on trains and buses etc.

Doubleplatinum Banned

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

Member since 07 Feb 2013

Total posts 431

Singapore Air allows cellular to be used (for a price). How's that any different?

No they don't so it's quite different.

Sibelius

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 06 Aug 2017

Total posts 110

I had an amusing conversation about this today with a friend of mine who, until a few years ago, was a senior Qantas pilot. He's flown 737s and A330s. He told me that on 737s mobile phones have no effect at all, because they're "fly by cable". But on the A330s with newer "fly by wire", mobile phones do interfere with some of the electronic systems.

He told me that when he was piloting A330s, they'd always know in the cockpit when someone was using cellular on their phones, and he told me that it was a big pain in the **** because they'd have to call a flight attendant and tell them to go through the business class cabin until they found the person using their phone.
I responded "Oh -- so you can even tell which part of the plane the phone signal is coming from then?"
He replied, "No we couldn't, but the only passengers to ever use their phones were in business class"!

GigiPk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Mar 2016

Total posts 17

I think it only prudent not to use mobile phones whilst plane is at terminal or after take off, just in case it does interfere with electronics.
Although the fact that WiFi is now being offered by some Airlines, soon by Qantas & Virgin Aust have intent to offer WiFi for use by passengers at a price, clearly says that they have overcome any issues of use of mobile phones on plane.
I agree with observation made earlier about 300-400 people using their phones would be a nightmare in such close quarters & there is always someone that will 'take advantage'.
I only fly with a reputable Airline, one that trains their staff in Customer Service, I do as I am instructed by flight crew & sit back put my feet up & enjoy the many hours of quiet time during flight. The thought of WiFi being available on flights in not so distant future, doesn't fill me with joy

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 151

Like it or not you're in a regulated environment where you are obliged to follow the directions of cabin crew.

Perhaps not the right place to make this point, but you don't have to follow all directions from cabin crew. You only have to follow directions lawfully made, that is to say within their legal authority. Any safety related matter is included, and that means turning off phones if asked to do so. Also included is leaving the aircraft if asked to do so - a contractual right of the carrier. But assume you were told to cease a quiet business conversation with your colleague about the stockmarket because a crew member had lost money on shares in a company being discussed (let's say not an airline company). Not a lawful demand. Probably never going to happen, but it makes the point - you have rights too.

747sp

Member since 20 Sep 2017

Total posts 8

I do agree with comments that we should follow the rule about putting the phone (device) into flight mode. I remember reading a while ago that one reason why phones were put in flight mode is that it can cause problems with the cell network. It was explained that a large number phones on a flight moving from one node to the next caused system problems.

dm12

Member since 08 Feb 2018

Total posts 117

I really hope airlines do not ever allow phone calls to be made on a flight. Imagine dozens of people making calls in a confined space throughout a long flight, what a nightmare scenario. It is already annoying enough when people talking loudly on the phones on buses, trains etc. I wish every country would follow Japan's example, where it is rude to make calls on trains and buses etc.

its still rude everywhere!

brettepi

Member since 10 Jul 2017

Total posts 86

maybe they should have dragged the passenger off like the united airlines passenger? they certainly wont use their phone again...

airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 199

I m glad to have my phone off on board. It's the best peace you can have.

Last editedby airADL at May 01, 2018, 08:02 PM.

declanr

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 26 Nov 2017

Total posts 14

The guy should not have been using his phone through a cellular connection whilst in-flight for the simple reason that the flight attendants request phones are switched to flight mode when wheels up. It is just plain courtesy. Whilst many frequent flyers know there is no issue with the aircrafts radio signals caused by phone use there are also many flyers who are nervous and don't travel regularly who could be terrified seeing the guy texting etc in-flight. But seriously, if the flight attendants request you don't do something then DON'T DO IT. Simple. Manners cost nothing.

petercr

Member since 23 Sep 2015

Total posts 4

Any thought that the pax may have actually been using the WiFi service on board? Unless the OP had seen the person next to him with an SMS app open, it could have been anything...

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