Do You Know the Real Reason Cell Phone Use is Banned on Airlines?
January 12, 2010
Airline passengers who sneak in cell phone calls, play with gaming devices or listen to their mp3 players during takeoff or landing probably won't cause a plane crash, but they may risk a confrontation with flight attendants.
Researchers and aircraft companies have found almost no direct evidence of cell phones or other electronic devices interfering with aircraft systems.
The ban on wireless devices has a lot more to do with possible interference for ground networks, rather than any danger posed to aircraft systems.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned in-flight use of most cell phones and wireless devices in 1991, citing the reason of ground network interference. Some airlines allow passengers to use cell phones in "airplane mode," which shuts off phone transmissions.