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Cell Phones and Planes Don't Mix?

Do You Power Off Electronics During Takeoff and Landing?

In a story that many of us have heard before, engineering and aviation experts are saying that electronic devices can interfere with an airplane's controls. While the experts also say that the signals emitted by electronic devices don't cause a problem every time (and not even close to the majority of the time), they still have the potential to cause trouble in the cockpit during takeoff and landing. In fact, a recent report by the International Air Transport Association cites 75 cases where electronic interference may have caused problems with a plane's autopilot, autothrust, and landing gear, even navigation and communications systems.

We all get the same message when boarding a plane: all electronic devices must be powered off during takeoff and landing, but tell me — how many of you actually follow instructions?

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