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05-16-2013, 10:20 AM #41
It isn't a big deal.
The question isn't is it a big deal to turn off your phone. The question is, is there any science out there that says the reason to turn them off is the plane will crash and everyone will die if you leave it on, which there isn't.
The rules are, turn off your phone, you should follow the rule or you will get in trouble.
The rule was made a long time ago, and probably had to do with wanting people to pay attention to the announcements, same reason they make everyone turn off all electronics.
05-16-2013, 10:31 AM #42
05-16-2013, 11:13 AM #43
If only there was something like oh I don't know, maybe an airplane mode?
05-16-2013, 11:39 AM #44
Some mud wasps making a nest inside a pitot tube, a small mis-calculation in take-off weight, a couple of extra loops in a holding pattern, a child inadvertently pushing a button during a tour of the cockpit - none of these were a big deal, yet they all led to fatal crashes. Anything that requires the attention and intervention of a pilot creates a risk. Why take that risk?
Please folks - just put your devices in airplane mode. If your SMS is that important, take the train instead.
05-16-2013, 02:23 PM #45
Why take the risk of driving when there are people texting while they drive? Again people loved to get riled up out of fear and it prevents them from listening to facts.
I'd like to see a link to the story of a crash resulting from a child pressing buttons.
05-16-2013, 02:54 PM #46
It is about the airlines nickel and diming us to death. If the FAA allows phones in flight, then there is one less revenue stream for the airlines. Airplanes fly through cell phone signals from both cell phone and the towers. Planes go through the signals while on the ground, during takeoff, and while landing. Yet they fly fine. There is not a single proven instance of a cell phone interfering with a plane. It is all about loss of $$$$.
05-16-2013, 05:04 PM #47
05-16-2013, 05:50 PM #48
Stop your arguing! The rule is to turn it off so turn it off. I could understand if the rule was 'hurting' you in some way but it's not.
Or are you all so 'cool' that you have to buck every little part of 'the system' regarding every little tiny thing?!?! That just makes you look like children.
Choose your battles wisely and this isn't one of them...
05-16-2013, 08:04 PM #49
05-17-2013, 09:34 AM #50
05-17-2013, 10:10 AM #51
Thank goodness for Darwin...
05-17-2013, 10:14 AM #52
05-17-2013, 11:33 AM #53
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05-17-2013, 12:45 PM #54
The point of turning your phone off isn't because it causes interference. I can assure you that on every flight, half of the passengers don't do it. If it was actually endangering the aircraft, they would confiscate the phones during boarding.
The main reason is so that you would at lease try to pay attention to the flight attendants instructions AND not be bothering anyone (because you're talking on your phone) who is trying to listen in. Or heck, just plain bothering people. I honestly really do hate people talking loudly (because they think the other person on the other side can't hear you) on their phones in public places. Really, really annoying.
Or just get something like this as backup...