A flight attendant has explained the real reason why we put our phones on Airplane Mode during a flight.
It’s fair to say we’ve all at some point questioned why we do it or the reason behind it with many even ignoring the rule.
However, according to a flight attendant on TikTok, the reason why we use Airplane Mode is way more serious than we thought.
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On TikTok, flight attendant @cierra_mistt spoke to her 2.8million followers about the importance of turning it on as it could potentially be catastrophic, Berkshire Live reports.
Cierra said: “There are approximately 45,000 flights that happen every single day, with around 2.9 million passengers on board.
“And how does all this flying happen successfully? Believe it or not, pilots actually aren’t in charge of flying.”
She went on to clarify: “Yes, they are the ones that are operating the plane, but from the moment the boarding door closes to the moment we’re landing, the pilots are following specific instructions given to them by a group of people on the ground called air traffic control.
“Their job is basically to make sure planes take off and land successfully without running into one another.”
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Cierra added: “In order for the pilot to be able to communicate with ATC, they use frequencies, which is what we use on our phones.
“Sometimes, frequencies can collide and cause a loss of signal completely.
“Now picture how bad it would be for a pilot who is taking directions from the ground, all of a sudden loses signal and starts flying blindly, all because of a frequency of a passengers phone that intercepted it.”
She finished off her advice, by saying: “Long story short, put your phone on Airplane Mode.”
Some of the comments criticised Cierra’s advice, with one person saying: “As an avionics technician of 30 years, this isn’t true.”
However, one commenter simply said: “Whatever the reason, just do it. It will keep everyone as safe as possible.”
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