Is It Really Dangerous to Use Your Phone on a Plane?

Originally published here: https://mcgill.ca/oss/article/did-you-know-general-science/it-really-dangerous-use-your-phone-plane

The fear behind the rule of ‘no phones on planes’ is that portable electronic devices could potentially interfere via electromagnetic radiation with the measurement and navigation tools on board. Modern planes, however, are built incredibly resistant to electromagnetic radiation, they can actually withstand a lightning strike without instrument problems, and so the small amounts of radiation from your devices aren’t likely to bring down the plane.