Using (cellular) mobile phone during flight

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buckles89

Member since 03 Aug 2017

Total posts 1

Handshake overload and poor signal boosting causing interference both make sense, but I believe there is a bigger safety reason that has been missed. They ask people to not use electronic devices and remove headphones so pax are more aware of surroundings during take off and landing. People will be more likely to pay attention to crew requests in an emergency and will react faster. Also they may look out the window and identify issues too.

tonyw

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Member since 18 Jul 2015

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This whole thing about interference with Nav equip was a "furphy" AKA "lie" put out in the early days by Telstra. Using mobiles above a certain altitude didn't let the towers know who to charge for the call. They have now fixed that "problem". Telstra believe that speech shouldn't be free!

monoccular

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Member since 06 Dec 2017

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My understanding from a very senior training captain in a leading airline is that there is zero risk.

What would concern me would be having multiple loudmouths having conversations throughout the flight.

Mrminivee

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Member since 05 Mar 2018

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

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

Yes they do, they use SITAOnAir. Allows you to call and text while in the air.

Janeblogs

Member since 27 Nov 2016

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I sat next to a pilot dead legging the other day and he said he imagines there’d be at least 100 phones not switched off on his regular flights ex Australia. Apparently it’s not a problem but airlines have just chosen not to make an announcement about it for whatever reason. I noticed He was using his iPad which is how the conversation got started. Having said that, I notice there is a point when ones phone does stop getting a signal and it also is v embarrassing when the phone rings mid flight so I try to at least turn the ringer off.

Gilflyer

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Member since 15 Jan 2017

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A friend of mine was on a plane to Tamworth a few years ago and whilst landing in a ferocious storm the copilot made an announcement to the effect that the passenger using the mobile phone to turn it off straight away. Would be interested to hear what pilots have to say.

Jedi

Member since 04 May 2018

Total posts 15

I sat next to a pilot dead legging the other day and he said he imagines there’d be at least 100 phones not switched off on his regular flights ex Australia. Apparently it’s not a problem but airlines have just chosen not to make an announcement about it for whatever reason. I noticed He was using his iPad which is how the conversation got started. Having said that, I notice there is a point when ones phone does stop getting a signal and it also is v embarrassing when the phone rings mid flight so I try to at least turn the ringer off.

Just a question. Doesn't the Pre takeoff announcements say turn your phone to flight mode if you don't have flight mode then turn your phone off.

Bollen

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Member since 20 Dec 2017

Total posts 32

It's the best feeling to be phone free for a few hours!! I turn it to flight mode as soon as I can :)

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