I flew Alaska Airlines for the first time this week, and something stuck out as odd to me on both legs.
The flight attendants were very specific in their safety instructions that we needed to power off all our electronic devices for takeoff and that airplane mode did not count.
In other words, don’t just turn off the receivers, turn off the device.
There’s a long-standing debate about whether cell receivers can disrupt a plane’s systems, one recently revived by Arianna Huffington.
Dating back to the Walkman days, I’ve always wondered what about portable electronics could harm an airplane?
The very specific insistence on Alaska that airplane mode wasn’t good enough reminded me of that and of the what-exactly-is-airplane-mode problems early adopters like Jeff Nolan (@jeffnolan) had in the nascent iPhone era.
I wonder if the average iPx device user even knows how to power off the device, which would create problems.
Does anyone know? Or do you think they just make it specific JIC?