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Mobile Phone Flight Mode - What's the point?

tyke Avatar
9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
So there I was, just settled in to a 4 1/4 hour flight, agreed I didn't want to purchase yet another pair of airline headphones to see Shrek yet again, when I found out I couldn't listen to the 1Gb of music I'd just transferred on to my moby. The reason? The airline didn't allow mobile phones to be used (at any time), even in flight mode.

I would argue that a mobile phone is a device for the transmission and reception of telegraphic signals - in flight mode it can't do that, so technically is no longer a mobile phone. However, there's no point in arguing that with Tracy Trolly Dolly as she doesn't make the rules.

This wasn't the only airline I've used this year with the same rule, so what's the point in having flight mode on your phone? :cry:
tyke Avatar
9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Its pre-emptive, its due to change soon -

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7050576.stm
#2
I'd read about this a while ago, I'd argue it like a bitch if I was there! You are of course in the right.
#3
Alfonse
Its pre-emptive, its due to change soon -

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7050576.stm

I don't actually want to use a telephone, like in the link, I want to listen to my mp3 player and watch my mp4 viewer, both of which sit within a device called a mobile phone.
#4
Well they also tell you not to listen to your own mp3 players. Do you listen? no, same with the flight mode on your phone.

I'm a fairly frequent flyer, and I've used flight mode on my P800, P900, P990 and N95 over the last 5 years, never has it made any difference.
#5
Last time I went on a flight everyone was forced to turn off their DS and PSP's. Glad I didn't bother taking mine.
#6
tyke
I don't actually want to use a telephone, like in the link, I want to listen to my mp3 player and watch my mp4 viewer, both of which sit within a device called a mobile phone.


Seen, but as far as they are concerned a mobile is not allowed to be switched on regardless of your intended use other than to make calls. I was merely highlighting that this won't matter at some point in the not to distant future.
#7
I read somewhere you can get some paperwork from the Civil Aviation Authority to say that your phone is safe to be used on flights in flight mode.
The downside is I think it cost about £60.
#8
GAVINLEWISHUKD
I read somewhere you can get some paperwork from the Civil Aviation Authority to say that your phone is safe to be used on flights in flight mode.
The downside is I think it cost about £60.


Its cheaper to hum IMO. lol
#9
Alfonse
Seen, but as far as they are concerned a mobile is not allowed to be switched on regardless of your intended use other than to make calls. I was merely highlighting that this won't matter at some point in the not to distant future.



What about when you first switch it on? How do you turn on flight mode before it trys to find a network? That's assuming you forget to do it before you get on the plane.
#10
Benjimoron
What about when you first switch it on? How do you turn on flight mode before it trys to find a network? That's assuming you forget to do it before you get on the plane.


eh? I'm not questioning the current regulations, just that they will be relaxed at some point. I don't really understand your point tbh.
#11
Alfonse
eh? I'm not questioning the current regulations, just that they will be relaxed at some point. I don't really understand your point tbh.



Was more of a general point rather than a reply. When you turn it on it'll try to connect to a network before you can turn on flight mode thereby breaking the current rules.
#12
I always turn mine to flight mode in the period between getting seated and take-off, then turn it off before take-off.

Incidentally, I have travelled with other airlines where using the moby in flight mode is perfectly acceptable.
#13
Benjimoron
Was more of a general point rather than a reply. When you turn it on it'll try to connect to a network before you can turn on flight mode thereby breaking the current rules.


I know.
#14
The only reason you are not allowed mobile phones in a plane is because all calls made are free because you are above the phone network.
#15
Sematic
The only reason you are not allowed mobile phones in a plane is because all calls made are free because you are above the phone network.



You know what, you might be onto something! Because you're really high up in the air the technology that charges you for the call can't reach you, but the person you're speaking to can?
banned#16
lol when you turn on most (good) phones if gives you the option to boot into flight mode or normal its a shame they were being overzealous about it just got to be more discreet in the future
#17
Sematic
The only reason you are not allowed mobile phones in a plane is because all calls made are free because you are above the phone network.


Erm... not quite, you're about 7 miles aboves them and too far away to get any signal.

It is a historical thing and airlines just can't be bothered to change their routine. The only proof showing a mobile phone has caused any interference dates back to when one was used in the cockpit. If an airplane was that sensistive to phone signals, all hell would break loose as it came in to land at Heathrow because their must be Tens of Thousands of phones on people at the airport and all the phone masts in the area.

Also it's a profit thing on charter airlines where they flog you the headphones to listen to the IFE, they don't want you watching films on your handset that you've downloaded from a Torrent.

If you really believe that you would be in danger from phones being switched on during flight then you're in for a shock. Half the guys I know that regularly fly down on shuttle flights to the office in London, leave their phone on on silent in their hand luggage in the overhead locker to see if they have any missed calls. Also there will be loads of people on holiday flights that will ignore the instructions and leave their phone on, or sit there and pretend it is an MP3 player.

Telling people to switch their phones off is as archaic as the life vest demonstration. I'm afraid that's just there to make you feel better and to give you something to do in the event of a problem, plus it stops you running around the cabin panicking, as you are busy faffing about with your life vest. When was the last time you saw a floating plane that had crashed? Nope, because water has the tensile strength of concrete in a high velocity impact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditching#_note-0

TBH, all the airline wants you to do, is sit in your seat for the whole flight and not move except for handing over money for services, as each seat is a profit centre. The more you move about and the more you consume, the more it costs the airline, from having to have enough FAs to cope to have to replace toilet rolls and clear up after you. And on that note, as soon as the technology is up and running and installed for the airlines to be able to provide you with a satellite link so that you can use your phone on board (whilst charging you a Pound a minute for the privilege) you will suddenly find that phones being switched on, on an airplane are no longer a danger.
#18
Benjimoron
You know what, you might be onto something! Because you're really high up in the air the technology that charges you for the call can't reach you, but the person you're speaking to can?



I hope you all realise I was taking the mick!!!

Road_Hog is totally right, they want you to buy the headphones and listen to the catalogue selling routines. They also want you to use their phone service if they have one and they don't want you disturbing everyone who's trying to sleep because you're telling everyone about your holiday! Imagine hundreds of people all doing this on a flight!

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