Turn off your phone!

By | Category: Travel rumblings

A survey by HolidayExtras.com has revealed that nearly six-and-a-half-million people flying in and out of the UK in the last year, failed to turn their phones off.

The stats don’t surprise me:  I heard the tell tale sound of bleeps, buzzes and pings on virtually every plane I boarded in 2011.

I used to love planes because they offered an escape from Blackberry smart phones, iPhones and other go-anywhere, always-on  gadgets. Fast forward to 2011 and even air space is no longer off limits.

Apart from being irritating beyond belief, it’s also utterly maddening that these techno addicts are choosing to put not only their safety – but that of their fellow (phone free) passengers  at risk.

Aviation experts have warned that electromagnetic waves emitted by phones (and also tablet computers and iPods), could potentially bring a plane down.

Sure it’s a slim chance, but why take the risk? Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? Rules are rules and if you – like Alec Baldwin (the Hollywood actor who was told to turn off his phone on a recent American Airlines flight) – are one of six and half million fliers who refuse to switch off your phone then please take the train, not a plane. Air travel is stressful enough as it is.


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