5G: How This Technology Affects Commercial Aircraft (And Why US Airlines Talk About Imminent Danger)

  • Rafael Abuchaibe
  • BBC News World

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“Remember to turn off your phone before takeoff.”

If you have ever had to fly by plane, you will know that this is one of the main safety rules of airlines when getting on one of their aircraft.

And it is that, despite the fact that technology advances by leaps and bounds and that new devices come out every day to make our lives easier, all the devices we use are limited by the basic physical principles that govern the universe.

For example, the waves that your cell phone emits and receives are radio waves and move in the same electromagnetic spectrum used by radios and aircraft antennas. The only thing that changes is the frequency on which they are transmitted.