In our local school system, administrators are creating rules to prevent students from having cell phones at all. Rather than focus on the reasonable argument that cell phones are disruptive in class, they instead focus on the “fact” that cell phones could inadvertently set off a bomb, just by being turned on. Is this true? In all of the bombing information I’ve read, terrorists intentionally call a cell phone attached to the bomb or use the alarm clock feature in a cell phone to set off the bomb.
This seems similar to the assertion that cell phones disrupt airplane controls and cause planes to crash. I know of no report that this has ever happened. I also believe that dozens of flights occur daily where cell phones have been accidentally left on, and those planes haven’t dropped out of the sky.
What’s the real answer?