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Turn Off Electronics Before Takeoff

Airplane Engineer Says Electronic Devices Are a Problem For Airplanes, Please Turn Them Off

Of all the causes I've been championing of late, this one is near and dear to my heart. Despite being a rather frequent airplane passenger, I am terrified of flying. Throw physics and other safety facts in my face, and I am still terrified of flying. So when I hear stories of celebs (and others) getting tossed from planes for refusing to turn off cell phones and other devices, I can't understand why people don't just turn off their electronics when they're asked to do so.

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 navigational controls and may have even been a factor in one recent charter plane crash. Scared yet? Learn more after the break.

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. I don't know about you, but if there's a way that we can prevent this sort of trouble in the cockpit, I'm all in.

So, once more for emphasis: please turn off your electronics when the crew asks you to turn off your electronics.

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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
Honestly, I do not get why it seems to be too difficult for beings to turn off the gadgets for a while. It is not the end of the world and if it actually was, I doubt there would be enough time to make call. Just disconnect from the tech and reconnect with a physical book.
finzup finzup 6 years
I may be wrong but I think airplane mode is fine for while up in the air.. for takeoff and landing, however, the phone needs to be off, not just in airplane mode
MsChoo MsChoo 6 years
Don't most phones have an Airplane mode? It should stop any signals going to and from the device, while still letting you play with it? My past 2 or 3 dumb phones have had airplane mode. My smart phone now has a airplane mode too.
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