Why Don't Airlines Allow Cell Phone Use During Flights?

A pilot's eye view of the setting sun.
A pilot's eye view of the setting sun. | Source

Can you use a cell phone on a plane?

The short answer to this question is that some airlines do allow it and some don't.

Several airlines outside the USA do allow the use of cell phones; some examples are: Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Egyptair. This has led to some people calling for their use to be allowed on planes in the States too.

But it would be very misleading to suggest that you can hop on a British Airways plane and use your phone at 35,000 feet to let your mother know you are coming for a three day visit and will be home in time for tea.

Even within the companies that allow for the use of cell phones, there are only a limited number of planes on which this is possible. And there is a very important reason for this.

A mobile phone mast (cell phone tower)

This is a typical transmitter-receiver for a cell phone.
This is a typical transmitter-receiver for a cell phone. | Source

How cell phones work

Cell phones work in the same way as a radio: they talk to a transmitter-receiver that has to be in what is known as “line of sight” nearby. This doesn’t mean we can see it, but that the radio waves can. On top of a mountain in a desert it could be further away than in a built up city because there would be no buildings to cause interference. In the US these cell phone transmitter-receivers are known as towers, and in the UK they are called mobile phone masts. Each tower or mast has an area of coverage and when you go out of range of one your phone will pick up a signal from another.

Cell phones react in ways that can reduce or increase the power they use. When a phone is searching for a signal it uses high power. When it finds a signal, if the phone is not being used to make calls it will go into a low power state, and then goes back up to high power if you make a call.

Do cell phones work on airplanes?

If you try to use a cell phone in a normal airplane, it won’t work for two reasons: the plane will be travelling too fast between transmitters to maintain a connection, and besides, once above around 3000 feet, cell phones simply cannot pick up a signal from the ground.

Cell phone use on airplanes

All the planes from which it is possible to use a cell phone are fitted with a “mini-cell.” This is a low powered version of the cells in transmitter-receivers for mobile phones. Because it only needs to pick up signals from phones within the airplane, the mini-cell doesn’t need the same amount of power as a ground-based transmitter. The airplane’s cell does not connect to ground based transmitters; it connects via satellite.

Refilling supplies and refueling occurs at airports

While food for people is being loaded, the airplane's fuel tanks are also refilled.
While food for people is being loaded, the airplane's fuel tanks are also refilled. | Source

Using cell phones in the area outside an airplane.

Anywhere there is fuel – be it a gas or petrol station or in areas of an airport where planes are refuelling – it is unwise to use a potential source of ignition. Cell phones are one potential source of ignition. You may think because you see airline staff talking on walkie-talkie radios that it is safe to use a mobile phone, but those walkie-talkies have much lower power. Occasionally you may even see staff using mobile phones. Again, that doesn’t mean it is okay for passengers to do so. Staff members know the airport environment well, and they know where it is safe to use their phones. Passengers don’t.

When can you use your cell phone on an airplane?

Once inside the plane, most airlines allow use of cell phones on the ground up to a certain point. This point varies from airline to airline but that doesn’t mean some are getting it wrong; it simply means airlines need to decide on a clear point that is easy for cabin crew to instruct passengers to switch off. Common times to give this instruction are when doors are closed or when the engines start.

Approaching the airport

Look closely, and you can see the airport lights in the distance. Conditions in this photo are good.
Look closely, and you can see the airport lights in the distance. Conditions in this photo are good. | Source

Critical stages of flight

The particular concern with cell phones and other personal electronic devices is their use at critical stages of flight: that is at take-off and landing, with landing being the most crucial.

Leaving a phone switched on means it will start searching for a signal as the plane takes off, and so will go into high power. At other end of a flight, as the plane descends it will again power up as it comes into range of ground-based cell phone towers or mobile phone masts. There is a large amount of anecdotal evidence from airplane crews of interference with equipment. How much interference occurs can depend on a number of factors, including where the cell phone is and how the wiring of the plane is routed. In a plane with wiring running close to overhead lockers, a phone in a locker could cause interference, whereas one below the seat might not. However, the wiring of a different plane might take a different route, so you can’t assume it’s okay to leave a phone in a seat pocket and switched on!

FAA and CAA research on cell phone use

In October 2012, a report in USA Today stated that, “The FAA found no reports of cell phones interfering with navigational equipment in its study of their use abroad on foreign airlines.”

However the CAA (the UK Civil Aviation Authority) sees this a little differently. In 2009 it published research findings that showed mobile phones could affect navigation and communication systems, leading to errors on instrument panels and creating background noise on pilots’ radios. Some instances they noted were:

  • false notification of unsafe conditions – for instance warnings of smoke alarms in the baggage compartment when no warning was in fact given;
  • disrupted communication because of noise interference in crew headphones.

Why the difference in these two perspectives?

The CAA’s research was into airplanes that were not fitted with the mini-cell. The aircraft studied by the FAA were fitted with the mini-cell.

One benefit to airlines of cell phone use in airplanes

The world-wide recession, the increase in cost of aviation fuel and the decrease in cost of airfares has had an impact on earnings for many airlines. One reason many of them are keen to install mini-cells in their aircraft is because these are a way to generate extra income. Virgin Atlantic charges $1.29 per minute, and some companies charge considerably more.

Inside the flight deck

The flight deck instrument panel lit up at night
The flight deck instrument panel lit up at night | Source

Restrictions on cell phone usage when it is allowed

Even in countries where the use of mini-cells in aircraft is allowed, the use of any personal electronic device during take-off or landing is prohibited. Even though some people argue that phones have been left on during take-off with no serious consequences it is extremely unlikely that authorities will ever allow this. Part of the challenge facing airlines is that the trials so far have been fairly small scale. There could be big differences between a few people using a cell phone while the plane is safely in the air, and 180 people using their phones during take-off or landing.

With so many unknown factors and no compelling reason to allow it, airlines are likely to err on the side of caution. For landing in particular, if conditions are poor, pilots rely on instruments to guide the plane safely onto the runway.

An airline captain's perspective:

My husband is an airline captain with over thirty years experience of flying, and this is what he says: “ During an automatic landing onto a 45 meter wide runway at 150 miles per hour in zero visibility, the last thing you want is unpredictable interference."

What's your opinion?

Should cell phones be allowed on US airplanes?

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With thanks to my husband, Jerry Thomas for sharing his expertise for this article.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I never understood this rule but your hub helps greatly. I will respect your husbands opinion; if anyone would know, he would. Thanks for the information.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Bill. I didn't fully understand it a few days ago either, but my husband certainly knows his stuff! Glad the hub helped your understanding of the issue.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I worked with Polygraph machines and cell phone frequencies do cause interference with that type of equipment since it operates on the 120 band width too. Exactly why doctor's/ dentist office will say "do not use your electrical equipment!" I guessed that upon take off and descend - they didn't want anyone else interfering with the signals.

I always wondered about this - great explanation. I guess those access points standing still could cause a problem in a fast moving plane! ha! Thanks!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a well written hub. There is as you said, a great deal of conflicting information out there on this issue. Being a commercially rated pilot, I tend to agree with your husband and when I was flying, I never allowed cell phones either. Even in light general aviation aircraft.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I'm happy they're not allowed. The last thing I want to hear is a guy behind me complaining to his wife, or a teenager talking about hooking up. There's no escape in a plan and most don't understand the meaning of common courtesy anymore. There would be many more episodes of anger if they were allowed, for sure. Great technical info given. Understand those aspects much clearer now. Good job! Up & Useful & Interesting!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Kelly, I think you are right that the effect on aircraft equipment is similar to on medical equipment. I notice that hospitals have got less strict than they used to be, but cell phones are still not allowed in intensive care.

Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for stopping by!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Curiad, I didn't realise you were also a pilot. Glad to hear you agree with my husband, and I definitely think it's better to be safe than sorry. Thanks for your comment!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi rcrumple, funny you should mention the annoyance of listening to others talk on phones because that seems to be a major concern for most people. Apparently on the planes that have mini-cells, most people use phones to text or email rather than talk. But I agree with you there's no escape on a plane, and I've sat in trains with people talking loudly on phones when I'd rather have quiet.

Glad you found this useful and thanks for your comment and vote up.

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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

This is a great article Melovy. Extremely interesting. I have been on Egyptair flights that have allowed mobile phone usage, but not seen anybody use the facility. At $1.29 a minute (or thereabouts) I suspect I now know the reason why.

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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks for confirming what I believed -- if the airline says "No cell Phone use," they have a legitimate reason. I would like to be safe - not sorry (or worse.)

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summerberrie 4 years ago

Great info. I know I'd rather put the cell phone away than take any risks.

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for sharing this information with us. Understanding may make those who are immobile without their mobile phones to be a little patient in flight, just let go, and enjoy the flight.

It would be a pretty sad for a flight to crash because of interference with from a cell. Cells are great and I tote mine every where but adhering to airline usage is not a problem.

Well done.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Horatio, you are probably spot on about why people weren't using their phones on the Egyptair flights. I have read that some airlines charge as much as $12, but I couldn't find any definite evidence of this. In fact, Virgin was the only company I could find who admitted to the cost of their calls. Most say that it is: "similar to international roaming tariffs and will be billed through your service provider."

Glad you found this interesting and thanks for your comment!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Maren Morgan M-T, you are very wise! Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks summerberrie!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

pstrauble, I like your play on words: "immobile without their mobile phones!" Yes, a little patience is better than being a patient in hospital because of causing a crash.

Thanks for your comment!

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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Good to know the reasoning behind the mobile phone restrictions in planes and why there are variations between companies and even within companies. It's a lot more complicated than I imagined, but you explained it really well.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Nettlemere, and glad you found the explanation clear.Thanks for your comment.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

" Cell phones are one potential source of ignition." For this reason alone, I'll turn off my cell phone, and also because of your last statement. Thanks to you and your husband for this explanation. Voted Up and Useful.

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KDuBarry03 4 years ago

After 9/11, I perfectly understand the restrictions needed for cellphone usages during flight; however, after ten years, I think we can allow restricted cell phones only for those who are in certain fields (politics, medical, law enforcement) to keep them updated if anything is occurring that calls for their attention. Great information, Melovy!

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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Great, informative hub! I've often wondered about this but never taken the time to do the research. Voted up, interesting and sharing!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

MsDora, thanks. The reasons you highlight are 2 reasons I think we need to trust airline crews on this, because they are the ones with the experience.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Keith, I think it is important to err on the side of caution. From what my husband says the rules about cell phones on planes are not really to do with terrorist threats - at least it's not that in over on this side of "the pond." I would think it's likely that the US will eventually adopt a similar policy to other nations.

Thanks for your comment!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Crystal, thanks for your comment and glad you found this interesting!

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kathleen1630 4 years ago from Philippines

Its interesting and informative hub. congratz with the hub of the day melovy :)

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learner365 4 years ago

Great information. I always wondered about the question and your Hub very clearly explains the answer. Thank you for sharing and congrats for the Hub of the Day as well !!!

Voted up and useful !!!

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s4176766 4 years ago

im very skeptical the thought that a single mobile phone could bring down an aircraft seems unlikely when you take into consideration that all telecommunication and electrical wiring in a plane is heavily insulated to protect them in the event that the airplane gets struck by lightning.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks kathleen1630

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

learner365 thanks. Glad you found it useful.

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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Now I know why! Thanks for this helpful hub. I don't mind not using my phone on the plane.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Fascinating hub about something I've always wanted to know. Great hub!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

s4176766, the issue is not whether a single mobile phone could bring down a plane, but the effect a plane load of phones searching for a signal can have. I checked with my husband on this, and he says there is a difference between how a lightning strike affects an aircraft from outside to how mobile phones affect it from inside.

Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

jpcmc, and Glimmer Twin Fan,

Thanks for reading and for your comments!

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Archa Ghodge 4 years ago from India

Very informative post in simple understandable words.

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Michael J Rapp 4 years ago from United States

This turned out wonderfully, Melovy! Very informative. Congrats on HOD!

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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Just popping back to say well done on a very useful HOD.

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Congrats on HOTD. Good explanation. I'm glad they're not allowed. Who wants to sit there for an entire flight listening to some idiot sitting next to you blab away on his cell phone the whole time (probably while he's taken over the whole arm rest, too)? It's bad enough having to listen to all the idiots start blabbing away once the plane lands. : )

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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

Just flying back in to say well done on HOTD.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

What a useful article! Thanks for clarfying and answering many of the questions we've all had about cell phones and planes. I get irritated when I see (all too often) someone trying to hide their phone from the flight attendants while they continue to text and search for Internet signals. It jeopardizes the safety of everyone on the flight, and takes valuable time away from the other duties of the crew.

Excellent hub! Congrats on the HOTD - voted way up!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Archa Ghodge, Michael and Nettlemere, thanks for reading and for your kind comments.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Deborah, loved your description of the idiot on his cell phone who has also taken over the arm rest! Your concern about people blabbing away on the phone all flight is the main concern for many people, but it seems that on the planes with mini-cells texting is more popular. It's way too expensive for most people to talk on the phone for long!

Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Marcy, I know what you mean about seeing people hiding phones etc. I guess that people just don't really think things through or because they've never heard of an accident they think airlines are being too cautious - but of course after an accident is too late to be cautious!

Thanks very much for reading and for your comment and vote!

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summerberrie 4 years ago

Congrats on HOTD! Well, done :)

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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I never understood this rule. Thanks for the info. I voted up.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Summerberrie!

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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just came back to say congrats on getting HOTD for this great article!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on HOTD. Very interesting and informative Hub. I voted that way, too. I will share, too.

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

This cell phone hub is highly informative and it definitely deserved to earn you the hub of the day Melovy, and I know it was a long time coming for sure.

Congrat's on receiving such a tough award on hubpages, this article here shows that you definitely have a way with words, your intelligence level is on point, your research is superlative, and now I fully understand why cell phones can only be used under certain given conditions, and with extreme caution when in flight status has been reached and or ruled as prohibited by certain Airline companies.

A powerful super hub indeed, Bravo!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

StephSev108, randomcreative and mary615, thanks for your comments! Glad you found this useful.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

So interesting and helpful to reasonable travelers. Thanks and congrats on a well-deserved Hub of the Day award!

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textiletesting 4 years ago from Bangladesh

Awesome article and helpful for travelers.........

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

RTallioni and textiletesting, thanks for your kind comments.

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Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

Personally I am grateful you cannot use your phone on planes. The noise would drive me mad! LOL!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Excellent article Yvonne--and congrats!!!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Darrylmdavis, many people feel the same way! Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Audrey.

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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

For me personally, someone who flies for personal use, not for business, I am happy to have a few hours to myself with no cell phone ringing. I certainly don't feel that a phone call is worth risking the lives of people on board an aircraft.

Thank you to your husband and yourself for providing this information.

Voted up and Shared.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congrats on winning HOTD for this well written article and please thank your husband for sharing his expertise and awesome photos.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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kathleenkat 4 years ago from Bellingham, WA

I accidentally left my cell phone on during an entire flight. It was in my luggage.

Nothing happened.

I think it's more of a precautionary measure, for that 1 in a million chance.

Also, I wonder how the future of cell phone use will pan out. Flights I take nowadays have WiFi on them, and the phone I have nowadays can make phone calls over WiFi.

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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Very informative hub. I've always suspected it must be something to do with possible interference, as they do disallow cellphones in hospitals especially where there are oxygen dispensers.

Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the HOTD award! Voted up and useful.

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is truly helpful information. I never fully understood why the cell phones had to be turned off, but it makes a lot of sense. Even after the flight attendant goes around asking people to turn their cell phones off, I still see people try to sneak a call in afterwards. This hub is perfect for travelers. It's valuable information that they should know before taking their next flight.

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danielleantosz 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on hub of the day! and interesting hub. I remember back in the day there used to be a phone in the headrest of the seat in front of you , and you could swipe a credit card to use it. I wonder now how they called out.

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CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

Great hub, was an interesting read. I hope that the regulations on cell phone use can be adjusted to follow other countries around the world that recognize it can be safe and there is no reason for concern with basic use of a phone in the air. I would love to see micro cells on every phone so that the phone could work normally.

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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Awesome Post! I did not now much about this except that the usage of mobile systems may interfere with the navigation systems of the airline. Thanks for the information.

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bhargvi sharma 4 years ago from jammu ( India)

Very much informative... Voted up!!! :)

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very informative and well written and with an authoritative source as an airline captain, this HOTD comes as no surprise. Congrats.

I would certainly not risk cell phone use in flight whatever the research indicates.

Voted up/useful/interesting and shared.

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Grundles 4 years ago

Airplane cockpits are equipped with a faraday cage that will effectively prevent electrostatic noise as long as the door is closed, however, improperly shielded cables in the cabin or unbalanced connections can still pick up interference; asking people to turn off their electronics is always going to be the best way to prevent interference. More importantly, the mere thought of having to listen to a bunch of people chat on the phone about the banalities of their existence throughout the entire duration of a flight makes my stomach turn.

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Very interesting and useful hub. Voted up and useful. Thank you for sharing. I am sharing too!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Congratulations, Melovy! This is a great article, very well designed and written and certainly deserve the award. I learned much today about cell phone usage on planes.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This hub really explained why we can't use cell phones. I really never thought about it but it makes perfect sense. This is an excellent hub. Congratulations on your award.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

L.L. Woodward, you're not alone! It seems many people enjoy the quiet time, and time to catch up on reading while travelling. Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Happyboomernurse, thanks for your kind comment. I also love my husband's photos, especially the top one!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Katheenkat, I can see what you are saying, but while one cell phone may not have any effect on any particular flight, the scenario could be very different if everyone left their phones on during take-off and landing. Airlines therefore have to say no cell-phones during these times. There are several recorded incidences of when a cell phone has had an effect, including noise interference in pilots' headphones. While that is not effecting the airplane per se, in difficult landing conditions it could add to the pilot stress and so it's best avoided.

You are right that some flights do have wi-fi, and I asked my husband about this too. This uses less power than even the mini-cells, but again is not considered safe during take-off or landing. It is quite likely that this will evolve over time and certainly it seems likely the US eventually will follow other countries.

Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

ComfortB, I'm glad you mentioned hospitals! My younger spent several months in hospital as a baby and at that time you weren't even allowed to use a cell phone in the entrance lobby but, in the UK at least, the rules have relaxed but as you say it's still not considered safe to use a phone in certain places, such as near oxygen or sensitive equipment. Thanks very much for your comment and the vote up!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

MarleneB glad this hub was helpful for you. Thanks for your kind comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

danielleantosz, my husband says those phones you mention worked on a ground-air radio link in much the same way that pilots contacted the ground.

Thanks for your comment.

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CZCZCZ, I think it's quite likely that the US will eventually follow the same rules as elsewhere. Thanks for your comment.

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Anamika, I learned a lot writing this hub and was glad to have been able to pass on my husband's expertise! Thanks for your comment.

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bhargvi sharma, thanks!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

rajan, when it came to writing this hub, it was certainly useful that husband is a pilot!

Thanks very much for your generous comment and for sharing.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Although I always err on the conservative side, I am grateful to know the rationale, especially from your husband, Yvonne.

Detailed yet easy for me to understand. Voted UP and UAI and a most well deserved HOTD. Hugs, Maria

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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very interesting information. I wrote a hub on how irritating I find cell phones/users in public so I voted not to have them on a plane. If their use was restricted to texting or email I guess it wouldn't matter to me, unless they caused us to crash. Thanks to your hubby for his imput.

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b. Malin 4 years ago

A very Interesting as well as Educational read, Melovy. My sister has some friends who were going home to India. She was like an "American Mother" to them, that's what they called her. Anyway, they called from the Plane as they were Flying to once again let her know that they were fine. It wasn't a Long Conversation. She & I both feel the same about invading others "Space" that way.

Thanks for your Husband's Comments, that was originally what I thought that Cell Phones can interfere.

I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An immaculately researched & well-formatted hub! In my country, cellphones are not allowed both during take-off and landing and even during the flights. Your hub got the details and information that I am looking for. Will show your well-written hub to my father as he enjoyed reading articles about airplanes. Congrats on the well-deserved HOTD! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Grundles and thanks for your comment. I admit I didn't know what a faraday cage was, so glad you brought that up as I have learned some more after asking my husband about it. He says the entire airplane is a faraday cage to protect from interference outside - but of course that doesn't protect from interference from inside it, and cockpit doors are more designed to protect from terrorists, so as you say it's still best to turn off cell phones. Thanks again for your comment.

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Thanks for your comments. Sorry for not giving individual replies, but I am so far behind with replying to comments. Thanks for all the shares too.

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Kathleen Cochran

Thanks for your comments and I will pass on your comments to my husband!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

b. Malin, thanks for sharing that story of your sister's friends. I suspect most calls are short, partly because it doesn't feel comfortable and also the cost!

Thanks for your comment and for following my hubs!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

ishwaryaa, I hope your father enjoyed the hub! And thanks for your kind comment and for sharing.

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AudraLeigh 4 years ago

I totally see why this hub got the hub of the day award! It is so well written and formatted! I did not think about a cell phone being a source of igniting around a fuel source...good to know! Great hub!

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Melovy 4 years ago from UK Author

Audra, thanks very much and glad you found it useful.

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BernietheMovieGuy 2 years ago from Syracuse, NY

I don't fly much, but you have summed up the reasons that cell phone use shouldn't be encouraged or relied upon in flight. I think I would just leave mine switched off and check the messages when I'm safely grounded again. Thanks for the hub! Voted up!

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Melovy 2 years ago from UK Author

Bernie, I think your plan to check when grounded is a good one!b Thanks for your comment.

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