What happens when you don’t switch your iPhone to Airplane Mode?

“Airline passengers are repeatedly told to switch their mobile phones to flight mode – but what happens if they don’t?” Chris Kitching reports for The Daily Mail. “There’s a belief that a phone’s signal can interfere with important electrical or telecommunications systems in the cockpit, but is it capable of causing a plane to crash?”

“There is no evidence signals from passengers’ electronic devices have ever caused a plane to malfunction and crash, and experts said modern technology is safe and reliable,” Kitching reports. “If anything, a mobile that hasn’t been switched to flight mode may just annoy pilots and air traffic controllers with an unpleasant sound.”

“It’s the same kind of noise that can be heard over speakers if a mobile is nearby and it’s due to the phone’s powerful radio emissions,” Kitching reports. “The risk of interference has been drastically reduced by modern technology.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in March 2012:

On any given flight, multiple people with iOS and other devices never turn them off (likely, some of these people don’t even know how to really turn their iOS devices off) or never even put them to sleep. They certainly don’t put them into “Airplane Mode,” either. Their Wi-Fi is on all flight long and most of the time there are at least three personal hotspots bouncing all throughout the plane, too. The fact is – we see it almost every flight – some people simply hide them from the flight attendants and continue to use them during takeoff and/or landing and, guess what, we’re still here.

How to turn on Airplane Mode:
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open Control Center, then tap Airplane Mode. On your Apple Watch, swipe up on your watch face to see Glances. Swipe left or right to get to the Settings Glance, then tap Airplane Mode.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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