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What will happen if you do not put your smart phone in Airplane Mode, during flight

If you are a traveler or aren’t a, once in a lifetime you have traveled in an Aeroplane. Amazing experience it is! Though many people also fear from it, but it’s an adventurous thing. And whenever you flight is ready to take off, then just a moment ago an announcement is made from the staff that “please put your phones and devices in Airplane mode”. Have you ever thought that why is this so? Or if I didn’t do this, what would happen? No, you didn’t thought. But, most among us feel that it is unnecessary, some think that it’s just the waste of time and many more thought render into the human mind, in accordance to the perception.

So, what’s the truth? What really happens? This is true that signal from passenger’s  electronic device have never caused any damaged to the signal of the plane and malfunctioned the system. The reason is that, when you are flying high in the sky with around more than 10,000 feet in the air, your phone’s signal may fluctuate with multiple towers and sends out a stronger signal. Which may result into a serious problem into your network settings. It also affects the pilots, as it may annoy pilots and may create an unpleasant sound of air traffic controllers. A smart phone generally creates a high radio emission up to 8W. And if you consider a worst situation then it may also cause the crew to miss an important radio call from the air traffic control.

A pilot revealed his experience through a blogspot and said that ” Your phone will probably annoy a few pilots and air traffic controllers. But, most likely not badly enough for them to take action against you if it’s what you want to know. I actually heard such noises on the Radio while flying. It is not safety critical, but it’s annoying for sure.” The noise which we are talking about may be annoying like your smart phone ringing near a speaker and you are unable to pick it. And this type of noise is experienced by the pilots on the headsets.And further Pilot also added that “If 50 of the passenger didn’t put their smartphones in Airplane mode then it may cause radio pollution”.

So, it is advisable to you that when travelling through plane, follow the air traffic rules and put your mobile in Airplane mode. And after doing so you may continue using your smart phone with other functionalities, that doesn’t require your mobile network. So, stay safe and be alert.

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