Why are we directed to turn off mobile phones while on a flight; and do you comply?
Unless you are dedicated to hug the earth, you will have experienced the PA order to 'switch mobile phones off or reset them to Fly Mode'. At times this is inconvenient. Why do they do it, and how do you feel about it?
I don't really care, seeing as how its only during takeoff and landing.
My life isn't going to end during the 5 minutes i cant use my phone during either of those times.
I do comply, even if I'm in the middle of something. I also turn off my phone when I'm in the doctor's office, because they have a sign that requests I shut it down before entering the exam area. And I don't use my phone in the post office, because they have a sign asking that we not use them when we're at the counter.
I run my phone. It doesn't run me. Turning it off, or putting it away for a few minutes isn't the end of the world, and I think not doing so when asked is sort of disrespectful.
Yes, and they tell you why (potential for interfering signals).
It's not really inconvenient. I don't need to do anything on my phone out of airplane mode for the time I'm on the flight. If you've flown before you know it's going to happen so you can plan ahead of time the things you can do with limited phone use.
They're thinking of scrapping this, as there is no interference. If they were that worried, they'd also have to stop the cellphone masts transmitting nearby (and at airports, there are masts obviously, being a nexus point for phone users). In fact, some countries are relaxing the regulations.
More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phones_on_aircraft
To be honest, solar flares are the biggest worry, in all probability.
Interesting responses, as always.
We learned something new from Electro-Denizen. That is something to look forward to.
But I loved the way Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) says: I run my phone. It doesn't run me.
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