Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cell Phones Interfere with Plane Instruments

Never mind what the 'Know-it-all' in the seat next to you says about cell phones messing with plane navigation — those metallic birds are built airtight against foreign signals and operate on entirely different frequencies than cell phones.
So why all the fuss about phones? When you make a call at 10,000 feet, the signal bounces off multiple available cell towers, rather than one at a time. That means too many phone-happy jetsetters might clog up the networks on the ground, which is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — not the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) — banned cell use on planes.
If you're just dying to bust out your BlackBerry mid-flight, go international. Some airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Asia now allow cell phone use in planes, but don't hold your breath for the FCC to follow suit.


  1. This reminds me of when I was a kid and would travel on airplanes a lot. I would always be very scared to use any sort of electronics cause it was announced that passengers should not be using their cell phones on the airplane. I always thought it would crash the airplane.

  2. It's funny because they make it seem as though you could interrupt the entire flight if your cell phone is still on somehow. They make you feel like a criminal who doesn't care about the lives of those on the plane. Glad to know it's completely false.

  3. That is so cool I really never know that. I now can use my phone on the plane and not worry that I'm going to cause the plane to crash.