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Why Flight Attendants Tell Passengers to Hold on To Their Phones During Takeoff and Landing

September 9, 2021

From the Johnny Jet website

If you listen carefully to flight attendant announcements, especially on airplanes that have lie-flat seats, you will probably hear them warn passengers to hold on to their phones during takeoff and landing. It should be common sense but it’s not and the big reason they do it may surprise you. It’s not because they’re worried you’re going to lose your $1,000 device and lifeline.

The concern is if the device goes flying and gets lost or lodged into your seat or your neighbor’s seat, they’re very difficult to find and retrieve. What the flight attendants don’t warn you about is that when the seat reclines or you put it in the upright position, the phone might get squashed and the battery can catch fire.

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