The facts about using a cell phone on board an aircraft
Flight attendants point out before take-off that electronic devices must be switched to so-called flight mode during the journey. This is a safety measure, but what happens if you defy it? Is the aircraft then at risk of crashing?
We can answer this quite simply: no, the plane will not crash because of this. Nevertheless, cell phones that are switched on can cause unwanted incidents. The radio waves from the cell phones can cause unpleasant noise in the pilots' headphones. Similar to when a cell phone gets too close to a loudspeaker. These noises are not only annoying, but also cause pilots to miss important radio messages from air traffic controllers in an emergency.
But don't worry: this kind of interference can only be caused by cell phones that are close to the cockpit, i.e. in the first rows of seats. Moreover, they are more likely to occur only at lower altitudes, namely where GSM connectivity is still available. This applies to low-cost airlines just as much as to premium airlines.