Here’s why you should switch your phone to aeroplane model during a flight

Don’t be a rebel.

You know the drill: You get on the plane and your phone goes off. Or – of course – you have the option of switching it to aeroplane mode.

Have you ever thought about leaving your phone on? For convenience sake? (You rebel, you.) Well, here are three reasons why should definitely listen to the flight attendant when he or she tells you to turn it off:

1. It could interfere with the airplane and cause more work for the pilots.

Did you know that when you’re 10 000 feet in the air, your phone signal can bounce off several towers and therefore intensify?

Former Boeing engineer Kenny Kirchoff explains why this is an issue. "The issue is interfering with the aeroplane and causing more work for the pilots during critical phases of flight,” he told CNN. “When they take off and when they land, those are phases of flight that require a high level of concentration by the pilots."

2. It’s a distraction.

In 2014, the European Aviation Safety Agency ruled that electronic devices aren’t a safety risk. (That’s why man airlines now allow in-cabin wifi.) However, how annoying would it be if everyone had their phone turned on in such a small space?

Also, let’s think of the pilots. Flying a plane is risky business, you know? The last thing that a pilot needs is for your Ghostbusters ringtone to start blaring mid-landing.

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As Allison Markey, an aviation safety professional, explained to

"As for cell phone use on aircraft, the technology exists, but the hesitance is, again, public demand. More passengers view this as an annoyance rather than a benefit of travel. It is bad enough being a passenger close to people who talk loudly to their neighbouring passengers; add cell phone use and the result may be worse than the few seat reclining events of late."

3. Low risk, high consequences.

While it might be unlikely, safety officials worry that portable electronics could contribute to an accident or a crash. Better safe than sorry. Mmmmkay?