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Cell service at the gate

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Mikewarren1000, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Mikewarren1000

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    Maybe this has been asked and answered but lately i feel like i have no service at the gate while on the plane. Are they jamming your service and why? I have 1 bar max and often even just No service at all
     
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    Owen Member

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    You’ll only notice this on planes which offer on-board WiFi. The frequencies mess up cell service connections. Even satellite radios do not work onboard aircraft with WiFi. They are not intentionally blocking it
     
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  3. Mikewarren1000

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    Thanks for explaining. Cant they shut off Wifi while at the gate so passengers can just use their date or the regular on the ground free wifi ? I guess its not that simple. Basically no work can be done on the phone or lap the entire time on the plane on the ground at the gate
     
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    David W Well-Known Member

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    I read somewhere that the composite materials used to build the 787 also block some cell signals
     
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  5. Mikewarren1000

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    Thats really interesting. And most recently i recall having no service while sitting on AA or UA 787's. Although I know its happened on Delta too and they dont have any but still very interesting, never had heard about this
     
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