Why Can’t We Use Cell Phones on Planes?

Not safe for work. So it’s a good thing I posted this on Saturday.

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  1. Ah crap. Clicked on the video before reading your warning. Now 5 year old Jasmine wants to know what that word means.


  2. It’s true that it’s a pretty dumb rule, but FAA has it in place because takeoff and landing are more critical and it’s EMI sometimes does cause minor anomalies. For instance, I vaguely recall that it could cause false “storms” to appear on my Dad’s stormscope.

    Regardless, I rarely turn off my phone. It’s a bigger problem for the cell towers since the handset can now be in line of sight for many of them and they don’t handle the switching very well. Sorry.

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