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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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amber512 amber512 6 years
Yes and it drives me crazy when the flight attendants have to repeat themselves a million times because someone HAS to see if Facebook has updated in the last two seconds.
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
i think intentionally keeping your electronics on is shameful. if it's a potential safety risk, why take it?
stone_soup stone_soup 6 years
I must confess, being a secret geek, I was quite affected by how the plane in the show Lost was allegedly brought down. But yes, I do NOT take any chances.
karyney karyney 6 years
I absolutely put all my gadgets in airplane mode AND shut them off completely until it is safe to turn them on. I am also the person who reminds my friends at the movie theater to turn their ringers off. Unfortunately some of them still text during movies which is just embarrassing for me, but that's a gripe for another time.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 6 years
I had a flight attendant say that it doesn't so much cause trouble for our plane but for the planes taking off and landing after us. I don't know what to believe, but I always turn mine off. I don't want to be even slightly responsible for anything going wrong!
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