The Real Reason for Using Flight Mode
Flight mode is an automatic response that occurs when you feel threatened. It helps you avoid danger by making you less aware of your surroundings.
In this article, we will explain why flight mode is so important.
If you’re not familiar with flight mode, it’s a natural reaction that happens when you feel threatened. You might notice yourself becoming more focused on something else while your brain is still processing the threat. This means that you won’t be able to process everything happening around you.
We all know the routine by heart: Please ensure your seats are upright, tray tables are stowed, window shades are up, laptops are stored in the overhead bins, and electronic devices are set to flight mode.
The first thing you should do when flying is to make sure your window shades are up. This way, you can see if there is an emergency, such as a fire. Next, you must ensure your tray tables are stowed, and your seats are upright. This way, you can get out of the row quickly if there is an emergency.
When laptops or mobile phones become projectiles in an emergency, the seat pockets can’t contain them. And to avoid this from happening, they need to be set to flight mode so they can’t cause an emergency for the aeroplane.
The advancements in technology have made it possible to do great things.
Radio services are crucial for navigation and communication in the air, which have been coordinated to minimize interference since the 1920s. The digital technology currently in use is much more advanced than some of the older analogue technologies we used even 60 years ago. Research has shown personal electronic devices can emit a signal within the same frequency band as the aircraft’s communications and navigation systems, creating what is known as electromagnetic interference.
But in 1992, the US Federal Aviation Authority and Boeing, in an independent study, investigated the use of electronic devices on aircraft interference and found no issues with computers or other personal electronic devices during non-critical phases of flight. This proves that even today’s electronic devices do not pose a threat to aviation safety.
The US Federal Communications Commission started to reserve frequency bandwidths for different purposes.– such as mobile phones and aircraft navigation and communications – so they do not interfere with one another.
Governments around the globe developed the same strategies and policies to prevent interference problems with aviation. In the EU, electronic devices have been allowed to stay on since 2014.
2.2 billion passengers that flew in 2021
Why is the aviation industry continuing to ban the use mobile phones despite these international standards? Ground interference is a problem that you might not be aware of.
Wireless networks can be connected to A series of towers. If all passengers use their phones while flying over these networks, the network could be overwhelmed.
In 2021, there were more than 2.2 billion passengers. This is half the number of 2019 passengers. This might be an argument for wireless companies.
The biggest shift in mobile networks over the past few years has been transitioning to a new standard. Many in the aviation industry are concerned about the current 5G wireless network – which is desirable for their faster data transfer –
Although radio frequency bandwidth is limited, we are still working on adding new devices to it. The aviation industry points out that the 5G wireless bandwidth spectrum is very close to the reserved bandwidth spectrum , which could cause interference in navigation systems near airports that aid with landing aircraft.
Airport operators in Australia And The USA Although some have raised concerns about aviation safety about 5G rollouts, it seems that the rollout was smooth and uneventful. In the European Union. It is prudent to limit the use of mobile phones on planes until 5G issues are resolved.
Air rage is the ultimate reminder
Many airlines offer Wi-Fi services to customers that are either free or pay-as-you-go. New Wi-Fi technology allows passengers to use their mobile phones to make a video calls with friends and clients while in flight.
A cabin attendant spoke to me about phone usage during flights on a recent flight. She stated that it would be a hassle for the cabin crew to wait until passengers finish their calls to ask them if there are any drinks or food items they would like. In-flight service for 200+ passengers would take more time if everyone were calling.
My problem with using phones in flight is not so much about the number of people there but the social experience of 200+ people talking simultaneously.
Phone use could be another factor that alters the flight experience, especially in a climate of disruptive passenger behavior such as “air rage.”
Today, we rely on GPS and other digital technologies for navigation and communication while flying. But research has shown that personal electronic devices can emit signals within the same frequency band as aircraft’s communications and navigation systems, causing interference.
That’s why it’s important to use flight mode on an airplane. When you have your phone in flight mode, it’s not emitting any signals that could potentially interfere with the aircraft’s systems.
So next time you’re getting ready to take off, make sure you put your phone in flight mode. It could make all the difference in a safe and successful flight.
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