Cell phones, smartphones, mobile phones—whatever the brand or type of electronic device you use for communication, education or entertainment—thoughtful and considerate usage habits are essential.
In the working world, in any profession and in some social settings (such as when driving a car on personal trips) —electronic device rules and practices are more than just a matter of etiquette.
This brief slideshow gives you three aviation-related examples of problems or close calls caused by careless cell phone use—by a pilot, an airport fuel-truck driver and airliner passengers. These true incidents are taken from reports filed with the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).
Present it to a class or any group, any time, to provide a useful look at situations in which their cell phone use may impact others and ways cell phone use by others
may impact them.
These are three real-world examples, provided in PowerPoint and PDF formats with a brief presentation time of 15 minutes—but if students are encouraged to discuss their own experiences with cell phones, you will want to spend more time with the topic.
1. Airliner Takeoff Mystery.
The airliner captain had his cell phone on “airplane mode”… but his phone began beeping during takeoff due to a low battery charge. The takeoff was rejected and the airplane was brought to a stop partway down the runway because the pilots couldn’t identify the source of the beeps in time.
2. Inflight Interruptions.
An airline pilot notes that whenever passengers are using cell phones below 10,000 feet, there is a constant beeping sound in his noise-canceling headset.
3. Trouble on the Taxiway.
An airport fuel-truck driver doesn’t seem to notice the airliner turning in front of him, but the pilots are alert and stop the turn in time. As the fuel truck whizzes past them, the pilots notice that the driver seems to be staring at a cell phone.
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I hope you find this to be a useful resource.
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