ha-ha-guy: /you should flip your device into airplane mode so the device can turn off antennas and save battery life though
JoeyJoJo: If there was a 0.00000000001% chance of an iPhone taking out an airplane, does ANYONE think they'd be allowed within 100' of an airplane?
Raharu: Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes. So why can't we use them?
buzzcut73: The only thing I can really think of that might cause a problem is the annoying speaker buzz that your cell phone can cause right before it rings when it is sitting next to your computer speakers. Dunno if it would do that to the radios on a plane (IIRC the radios themselves are mounted elsewhere, only the control unit is in the cockpit), but that would be annoying as hell if you're trying to talk to ATC while approaching a busy airport in bad weather. Like I said, I don't even know if that's possible
BoxOfBees: Raharu:Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes. So why can't we use them?I hear that it has to do with line of sight. I can't confirm this is true, but I've heard it said that since a whole bunch of towers will be in line of sight and essentially the same distance, using cell phones indiscriminately will overwhelm the networks on the ground. I've seen people talk on cell phones in airplanes, and everyone knows that texting in flight is rampant. No reported problems. Obviously if phone use is permitted, there will be 100 idiots pretending to be CEOs for the duration of the flight and murder rates will skyrocket.Mythbusters called the myth "plausible". No, it's really not plausible; a cell phone cannot affect an aircraft's navigation instruments in the real world, and we'll have more on that in a moment. Maybe if you threw a cell phone really hard at the GPS, you could break something.IIRC the MB thing was basically a wink and nod "you could never bring down an aircraft with a cell phone, but we're not going to say that so we can't be held liable when an airplane crashes and a cell phone gets blamed."
Egoy3k: ha-ha-guy: /you should flip your device into airplane mode so the device can turn off antennas and save battery life thoughThis is the one that gets me on a lot of flights I've been told turn off all devices during takeoff and that phones should stay off during the whole flight. Well shiat at least the phone has a built in antenna off option whereas some tablets or mp3 players may not have such a feature or it's not as easy to access.The only reasonable justification I have heard is that it makes anyone using an electronic device stand out so somebody using a device that actually could be harmful to the airplane would stick out. Lets face it though anything capable of disrupting avionics wirelessly (if this is even possible)is going to be really big due to power and antenna requirements. I'm not talking Galaxy S3 big more like pickup truck big.
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