Can I be fined for not putting my phone in airplane mode during a flight?


TRAVELERS in airplane are always recommended to switch their mobile to airplane mode when they are on board.

This is a safety measure because mobile phones can interfere with an aircraft’s communication system.

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Air travelers are recommended to switch their phone to airplane mode when on board

Can I be fined for not putting my phone in airplane mode during a flight?

Travelers who don’t switch their phones to airplane mode could face a huge bill if they don’t follow directions.

According to the Financial Review, a young traveler lost $ 300 (£ 245) by forgetting to turn on airplane mode on an Aer Lingus flight.

After putting his phone in the compartment heard, he did not realize that he had not deactivated the signal and the roaming.

It then connected to the in-flight network of the Aeromobile aircraft, which the supplier explained due to the “antennas installed in the aircraft.”


An Aer Lingus spokesperson told Financial Review that the crew “advise” passengers to put their phones in airplane mode because it could “connect to the roaming network while in-flight and the guest will be charged by their phone. original operator for any use “.

On its website, Virgin Atlantic warns: “The charges are almost the same as if you were roaming from another country.

“Calls and texts will simply be added to your mobile bill after your flight. “

Passengers who want to avoid being caught off guard should activate their flight mode as soon as they board the plane and leave it on until they land.

If there is free Wi-Fi on board, then it can be used safely at no additional cost.

Why do I have to use airplane mode during a flight?

Cellular phone signals can interfere with aircraft navigation and landing guidance systems.

Interference may occur with certain types of mobile or a combination of several mobiles which are still on.

Airplane mode is a setting on smartphones and tablets that turns off most or all of a device’s wireless communication features. This includes shutting down cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth connections so that no calls, messages, or data can be sent or received.

Leaving your phone on is very unlikely to cause a plane to crash. This distraction could be enough to cause an in-flight problem.

Bobby Laurie, host of The Jet Set TV show and former flight attendant, said: “The best way for a pilot to explain it to me was, if you’ve ever left your cell phone next to a built-in speaker, just before it rings. , you would hear this clicking sound coming from the speaker.

“It’s kind of what they hear in their headsets and in the flight deck speaker system when communicating. “

“Practically, there is no effect on the plane, but without the [safety] certification, use of the 3G / 4G band cannot be authorized, ”said Matti Keskinarkaus, Deputy Chief Fleet Pilot at Finnair.

Leaving your phone on is very unlikely to cause a plane to crash. This distraction could be enough to cause an in-flight problem.

It is possible to use a mobile during a flight

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It is possible to use a mobile during a flight

Will my phone work on a flight?

The short answer is yes, as are most other electronic devices like iPads and Kindles.

Although they must be within range of a cell tower.

The maximum distance a phone can still make calls and text varies depending on the type of tower and transmitter, but an airplane should not be more than 10,000 feet in the air for cell phones to edge always have a signal.

Some planes offer in-flight wireless connections that can be used to connect to the Internet, make calls, and send text messages using services such as Skype and WhatsApp.

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