Many modern phones come with a Flight Mode option. In Flight Mode, the wireless radio of your device (the part that connects to a mobile network) is turned off while the device itself remains on. As such, access to your operator’s network (or any operator’s network at all) is cut off. This feature lets you use the device for other tasks e.g. typing a document, listening to music, or even watching a video without radio transmission.
Scenarios in which this is important include air flights (which is why it is named Flight Mode), some hospital settings or other areas where electronic wireless transmission can cause problems.
I have taken a few air flights in my life, and even when I put my phones on Flight Mode, the hostesses insist that I turn the device off completely. Of course, I don’t want to cause a scene, so I always obey.
Of course, that leaves me wondering, What is the use of Flight Mode if it is not acceptable when flying? Of course, it could just be that I am flying with pre-historic airlines and need to hunt for a more civilised airline.
What has been your experience with Flight Mode on the airlines that you fly?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.