Skip to main content

What happens if you don’t put your phone in airplane mode? - Lindsay DeMarchi

2,832,303 Views

2,895 Questions Answered

TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

Right now, invisible signals are flying through the air all around you. Massive radio waves carry information between computers, GPS systems, cell phones, and more. And the sky is flooded with interference from routers, satellites, and, of course, people flying who haven’t put their phones on airplane mode. So, what exactly does airplane mode do? Lindsay DeMarchi explains the setting's importance.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lindsay DeMarchi
  • Director Sofia Pashaei
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Composer João Pamplona Mendes, AIM Creative Studios
  • Sound Designer João Pamplona Mendes, AIM Creative Studios
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Abdallah Ewis, Anna Bechtol
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

More from How Things Work