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Here’s the Real Reason to Turn on Airplane Mode When You Fly

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Canberra: We all know the routine by heart: “Please make sure your seats are in an upright position, tray tables are placed, window shades are up, laptops are stored in the overhead compartment and electronic devices are set to flight mode”.

Now, the first four are reasonable, aren’t they? The window shades need to be raised so that we can see if there is an emergency like a fire. Tray tables should be placed and seated upright so that we can move out of the row quickly. Laptops can become projectiles in emergencies, as the seat back pockets are not strong enough to hold them. And mobile phones need to be set to flight mode so they don’t create emergencies for airplanes, right? Well, it depends who you ask.

Technology has progressed a lot

Aviation navigation and communication relies on radio services, which have been coordinated since the 1920s to reduce interference. The digital technology in use today is much more advanced than some of the older analog technologies that we used even 60 years ago.

Research has shown that personal electronic devices can emit a signal within the same frequency band as aircraft communications and navigation systems, a phenomenon known as electromagnetic interference.

But in 1992, the US Federal Aviation Authority and Boeing, in an independent study, examined the use of electronic devices on aircraft interference and found no problems with computers or other personal electronic devices during non-critical phases of flight. (Take-off and landing are considered critical phases.)

The US Federal Communications Commission also began creating reserved frequency bandwidths for various uses – such as mobile phones and aircraft navigation and communications – so that they would not interfere with each other.

Governments around the world have developed similar strategies and policies to prevent interference problems with aviation. In the European Union, electronic devices have been allowed to remain operational since 2014.

Why, then, are these global standards in force?

One of the problems is something you might not expect – ground interference. Wireless networks are connected by a series of towers; If passengers flying on these ground networks are all using their phones, the network may be overloaded.

When it comes to mobile networks, the biggest change in recent years has been the move to a new standard. Current 5G wireless networks – desirable for their high-speed data transfers – have caused concern for many within the aviation industry.

Radio frequency bandwidth is limited, yet we are trying to add more devices to it. The aviation industry points out that the 5G wireless network bandwidth spectrum is remarkably close to the reserved aviation bandwidth spectrum, which can interfere with navigation systems near airports that assist in landing aircraft.

Airport operators in Australia and the US have voiced aviation safety concerns associated with the 5G rollout, although it appears to have started without such problems in the EU. Either way, it is prudent to limit mobile phone use on planes while the issues surrounding 5G are sorted out.

Ultimately we can’t forget the air rage

At a time when disruptive passenger behavior including “air rage” continues to rise, phone use in flight may be another trigger that changes the entire flying experience.

Disruptive behaviors come in a variety of forms, ranging from non-compliance with safety requirements such as not wearing seat belts, verbal altercations with fellow passengers and cabin crew, to physical altercations with passengers and cabin crew – commonly recognized as air rage. .

On a recent flight, I spoke to a cabin attendant and asked her opinion on phone use during the flight. It would be an inconvenience for the cabin crew to wait for passengers to ask if they wanted a drink or something to eat, he said.

On airliners with 200+ passengers, in-flight service will take longer to complete than if everyone was making phone calls. For me, the problem with in-flight use of the phone is more about the social experience of having 200+ people on a plane, and all potentially talking at once.

Finally – in-flight use of the phone does not currently impair the ability to operate an aircraft. But cabin crew may prefer not to delay providing in-flight service to all passengers—that’s a lot of people to serve.

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