Though reports have surfaced about the dangers of cell phones and disasters that they can cause, many of them have proven false. Though evidence or coincidence may have, at one times, proven these myths to be dangerous for good reason, repeated accidental or planned testing has shown these myths to be false whether they are repeatedly shown to be purely coincidental or technological advancements keep this myths from being reality.

Woman using smart phone in airplane.Myth: Cell Phones Cause Plane Crashes

The myth that cell phones or other mobile devices interfere with aircraft’s navigational systems and other components, causing it to crash, has remained one of the most debated issues in aeronautical travel. Though there hasn’t been any confirmed studies a direct link between plane crashes and cell phones being used onboard a flight, it is still a rule set by the airlines to be followed. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), regulations for cell phone use aboard in-flight aircrafts is prohibited in the U.S. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not actually prohibit cell phone or mobile device usage onboard an in-flight aircraft. This rule is left to the airline or communication system of the aircraft on whether mobile devices can be used or not. Given the evidence and regulations set, or not set, this rule seems to be enforced as to rather be safe than sorry.

iStock_000053305178_SmallMyth: Cell Phones Cause Gas Station Explosions

Gas stations usually have a sticker or warning label of some kind stating that you should not use your cell phone or have your cell phone out while pumping fuel into your vehicle. The reasons are that cell phones can release static electricity and ignite the fuel, causing an explosion. Though static electricity can, in fact, cause fuel vapors to combust or ignite, cell phones are not strong enough to release static electricity strong enough to cause this to occur. Gas station explosions are more likely to occur from sparks, actual contact with fire or nearby cigarette smoking.

Myth: Cell Phones Can Unlock Car Doors Remotely

Unless there is an app available to connect your smartphone and vehicle’s security system in which you can enter a passcode or actually unlock the doors remotely, this rumor remains myth. Only through a remote arm/disarm system could a smartphone unlock your vehicle’s doors from a distance. Usually this myth is explained as something similar to one person who has possession of the keys (remotely) calls the person who needs to get into the vehicle (standing at the locked vehicle) and presses the “unlock” or “disarm” button while holding the remote up to the phone. The idea is that the signal travels through the phone along a specific frequency and the vehicle will pick up the signal and actually unlock.