By Yining Su
Cell phone calls apparently really do interfere with airplane navigation, after all. A passenger on an China Eastern Airlines flight has been arrested after making a call with his cell phone as the flight was landing, according to the Shanghai Daily.
According to the airline, the flight, from Changsha to Wenzhou, was about to land when the pilots found that the plane’s navigation was being interrupted, forcing them to ascend again. A flight attendent then found a passenger making a phone call. The flight crew handed off the passenger to police after the flight landed.
According to the Shanghai Daily, online discussion of this case apparently centered around the question of why phones have to be shut off during flights if they can instead be turned to “flight mode”.
This question, however, seems to have no bearing on this actual case. We can tell the passenger who was arrested didn’t have his phone on flight mode. We can tell this because he was making a call with his phone.