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!
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