18 December 2018
The real reason for Airplane Mode

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard CletusAir flight 353 with non-stop service to Mos Eisley.”

“Please return your seatbacks and tray tables to their upright position, fasten your seatbelts, turn off and stow all portable electronic devices, or put them in airplane mode for the duration of the flight.”

Eh… Why airplane mode?

Most of us think it’s to prevent interference with the airplane’s electronics.

It turns out that’s not quite correct…

Let’s take a walk down memory lane, all the way back to the year 1991:

So there you have it!


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The real reason for Airplane Mode
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8 thoughts on “The real reason for Airplane Mode

  • 18 December 2018 at 15:08
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    Very interesting, thank you!

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  • 19 December 2018 at 01:09
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    Really interesting Scottie! Cheers! ✈️

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  • 28 December 2018 at 13:45
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    Make & Keep🇺🇸America🇺🇸Great👍Again👍

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  • 29 December 2018 at 23:49
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    Scottie, if the Wi-Fi signal is derived from satellites why does the signal stop when the plane leaves land areas and flies over the ocean?

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    • 30 December 2018 at 01:57
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      Internet by satellite depends on the geographic area. If you’re over the USA, for example, you will use a certain set of satellites. Over Europe, you’d use different satellites. Over the ocean, well, there probably isn’t much coverage except what companies like Gogo are adding in order to provide coverage for airlines. Each satellite cover a specific area of the Earth.

      It also probably depends on what the airline will pay for. I imagine global coverage is quite expensive, which explains the often ridiculous fees they charge you if you want full internet access on a flight.

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      • 30 December 2018 at 21:37
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        Thanks Scottie – that’s what I figured – different coverage out of the Clark Belt and $$. I think GoGo is on the right track – I first spoke to them when they were building their company and they’ve done a good job of connecting up with all of the airlines.

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