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Bonnaroo Attendees’ iPhones Keep Accidentally Calling 911

Bonnaroo attendees are causing a headache for Manchester, Tennessee police as their phones keep accidentally calling 911.

Apparently, Apple’s Crash Detection Mode keeps getting activated on festivalgoers’ phones during the various festival activities at Bonnaroo, calling 911 by accident on multiple occasions.

The Manchester Police have issued a Twitter announcement asking that Bonnaroo attendees deactivate the feature on their phones until the end of the festival.

When the iPhone Crash Detection detects a serious crash, it will display an option to call 911, pull up Medical ID, or cancel and will automatically call 911 if you don’t cancel within 20 seconds.

Skiers, rollercoaster riders, and iPhone users doing other physical activities have accidentally called 911 through the feature, so it’s likely that a festival attendee headbanging or mosh pitting would set it off as well.

According to Festive Owl, this has only been happening with iPhone 14’s.

Those looking to attend festivals in the future should be mindful of the Crash Detection capability and should turn it off or leave their phone where it won’t accidentally be jostled.

Read the statement from the Manchester Police Department  on accidental 911 calls at Bonnaroo below:

Featured image courtesy of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Written by
Danielle Levy

Danielle Levy is an MBA with a concentration in Corporate Social Responsibility. Danielle has several years of experience in the sustainability education world and has held various positions in human resources and intern management. Danielle is passionate about the ties between sustainability and social impact.

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