Mobile phone use on planes has been vigorously debated. It is customary on all commercial flights to be advised to turn off your phone—or to set it on airplane mode—before takeoff.
Though there has never been a case of a plane crashing due to a passenger’s use of a cell phone, it is true that a cell phone’s signal, which bounces back and forth across multiple cell towers on the ground, may congest networks down below, causing interference with the plane’s own communication network.
Then, there are the cases of phones combusting for no apparent reason, as seen around the globe in recent months, and, for some, the nuisance of someone chatting it up or using a glowing screen next to you. Yet, this form of communication while traveling is vital to many.
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