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BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: A retrofitted Lufthansa plane equipped with medical isolation facilities for Ebola cases arrives for a media presentation at Tegel airport on November 27, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The airplane, dubbed the "Robert Koch" and commisoned by the German government, will serve as a MedEvac option for health workers who are in western Africa participating in the international effort to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The German Red Cross (DRK), emergency services group (THW) and the Bundeswehr have sent volunteers to treat ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Have you ever wondered why you’re told to turn off your cell phone when you board a flight? There’s actually a safety concern behind it all.

In 2014, a study was issued to see if cellphones interfered with any technology used within the cockpit of the plane. They had reached a conclusion that passenger cellphones operating even on WiFi, blocked radio frequencies and screens and radars.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave a deadline to all airlines to fix this problem by November 2019. They recommended replacing the units that were seeing interference. The maker of the unit is known as Honeywell.

Honeywell has claimed to see no problem of any kind, no blanking of screens, and no interference with radio waves while in flight. The FAA heard them out and decided to run a test anyways. The units flunked.

The models affected are the Boeing 777 and Boeing 737, although the 737 is said to be the “next best model”.

So with all this being said, please turn off your cell phones so we can all stay safe and let the pilots do what they do best!

Before knowing this, Did you ACTUALLY turn your phone on airplane mode? Take the poll and comment below!


Hollywood Kyle is the Digital Content Producer and Production Director of Mix 99.5 WJBR. Being a Delaware local, Kyle takes pride in his hometown and has had a love for music since a young age. Hollywood Kyle joins the Mix Morning Show for abstract thoughts and ideas during "Hollywood Kyle" segment around 9:40am Monday thru Friday.