This is the real reason why you should put your mobile phone in airplane mode when you fly

Entre las instrucciones que recibimos antes del despegue de un avión está la obligatoriedad de que nuestros electronic devices deben estar apagados o activados en modo avión. The airplane mode is an option available in any electronic device that has the capacity to connect to a wireless network, such as mobile phones or portable computers. Al activarlo, el dispositivo se desconecta de estas redes. De este modo, no hay acceso a connexion Wi-Fi, datos mobiles, Bluetooth o cobertura.

The reason for putting the airplane mode during a flight

Los despegues y aterrizajes de los aviones no sería seguros sin la comunicación entre la nave y la torre de control. This communication is realized via radio frequency, a technology much older than the one that allows us to make calls via mobile or connect to the internet. Y, sin embargo, estos dispositivos pueden emitir señales que interfieren en las communications por radiofrequencia, pudiendo generar un problema con las communications que realizan las aeronaves y los controllers aéreos.

This is the prevailing theory. Sin embargo, en 1992 la Autoridad Federal de Aviación de EE.UU. y Boeing realized a study and found no interference problems between airplanes and personal devices during the flight phase (this excludes takeoffs and landings).

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Con el tiempo, the international norm has been more permissive with the use of electronic devices in flights. So, since 2014, the European legislation allows you to activate the airplane mode.


Una decisión de convivencia, no tecnologia

If the technology and the legislation allow it, why do we need to activate the airplane mode in the flights? Aquí se junta dos factores. Por un lado, son las élérios las que, en última instancia, deciden las norms en sus vuelos. Las mismas aeroillos que, en algunos casos, aprovechan el tiempo de vuelo para ofererte bebidas, un tentempié, productos de duty-free o incluso, vender lottery. Can you make all this money if the passengers are talking on the phone?

Beyond the airline’s commercial motives is the second factor: avoiding disrespectful behavior by passengers. If you have ever traveled with your seat mate immersed in an eternal telephone conversation, you will perfectly understand that the airlines do not allow the use of telephones during the flight as a preventive security measure. Un conflicto entre pasajeros en medio del espacio aereo internacional queda una una manos de la crewación de cabina, cuyas responsabilidades no inclueda la mediación de conflictos.

The problematic implementation of 5G

In actuality, the 5G network is supposed to add a new signal to the spectrum. It is a technology that provides greater speed of data and lower latency, but in the aviation industry this technology is viewed with concern. The 5G network is located close to the bandwidth spectrum reserved for aviation communications, so it could generate interference in aircraft navigation systems. La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones y la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA) issued an report in which they warned of possible adverse effects and requested an in-depth evaluation of the impact of 5G on aircraft security.

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Today, many companies provide Wi-Fi connection services on their planes. Eso sí, no permiten que se utilización ni en el momento del despegue ni del aterrizaje. Nor do they have habilitado su uso si el avión se encuentra por debajo de 10,000 pies.

When we are flying we must follow the instructions of the crew and the professionals on board. It is recommended to put the devices in airplane mode to avoid interference and make the flight as safe as possible.

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