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(The New York Times)   Remember the FAA easing their in-flight restrictions on electronic devices? Well, you can still use your smartphone, as long as you don't use the 'phone' part   (nytimes.com) divider line 19
    More: Followup, Federal Aviation Administration, smartphones, electronics, navigation system, digital communications, voice calls  
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2013-10-02 08:37:46 AM  
As my flight this morning hit the runway and before we even started to taxi, the guy who'd been way too loud talking to his obviously uninterested seatmate in front of me fired up his phone and began talking sales figures and hotel arrangements with some friend in another time zone. The whole 757 was pretty clear on how September had been a great month for them but it still didn't make up for August.

Letting that guy talk for the entire flight would lead to murder.
 
2013-10-02 08:39:50 AM  
Dude, you're in a metal tube flying through the sky at 600 miles an hour. I don't care how self important you are, I'll farking need a sky marshall to get my hands off your throat if you can't shut the fark up for a few hours.

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2013-10-02 08:49:00 AM  
Jammers would work.
 
2013-10-02 08:53:58 AM  
HOW AM I GONNA POST MY FACEBOOK UPDATES ABOUT BEING ON A PLANE?

THIS IS TYRANNY!
 
2013-10-02 09:00:24 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Jammers would work.


Only if you can contain the jamming signals within the aircraft. Otherwise you are jamming towers for miles.
 
2013-10-02 09:04:56 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Jammers would work.


Jammers work by spamming the frequency with white noise. To pick up Wildcardjack's theme, the FAA would have a cow, man.
 
2013-10-02 09:23:23 AM  

unlikely: As my flight this morning hit the runway and before we even started to taxi, the guy who'd been way too loud talking to his obviously uninterested seatmate in front of me fired up his phone and began talking sales figures and hotel arrangements with some friend in another time zone. The whole 757 was pretty clear on how September had been a great month for them but it still didn't make up for August.

Letting that guy talk for the entire flight would lead to murder.


I'll bet
 
2013-10-02 09:32:16 AM  
I rarely ever do.
 
2013-10-02 10:18:49 AM  
This sounds reasonable.   Long-range broadcasters causing interference in high-noise conditions would suck.
 
2013-10-02 10:22:26 AM  

Kyosuke: HotIgneous Intruder: Jammers would work.

Only if you can contain the jamming signals within the aircraft. Otherwise you are jamming towers for miles.


You say that like it's a bad thing.
 
2013-10-02 10:27:09 AM  
Good. I fly like 20+ flights a month using my kindle during taxi will alleviate having to look at Hemispheres magazine again.

I am numb at this point to delays, cancellations and sitting on the tarmac.  I do enjoy watching idiots that fly once or twice a year have Chernobyl level meltdowns when they are slightly inconvenienced.
 
2013-10-02 10:29:38 AM  

redmid17: unlikely: As my flight this morning hit the runway and before we even started to taxi, the guy who'd been way too loud talking to his obviously uninterested seatmate in front of me fired up his phone and began talking sales figures and hotel arrangements with some friend in another time zone. The whole 757 was pretty clear on how September had been a great month for them but it still didn't make up for August.

Letting that guy talk for the entire flight would lead to murder.

I'll bet


Yeah, and they use cell phones on trains all over europe too and it's fine. But these are americans we're talking about here. If you haven't observed the difference you haven't traveled abroad.
 
2013-10-02 10:31:30 AM  

unlikely: redmid17: unlikely: As my flight this morning hit the runway and before we even started to taxi, the guy who'd been way too loud talking to his obviously uninterested seatmate in front of me fired up his phone and began talking sales figures and hotel arrangements with some friend in another time zone. The whole 757 was pretty clear on how September had been a great month for them but it still didn't make up for August.

Letting that guy talk for the entire flight would lead to murder.

I'll bet

Yeah, and they use cell phones on trains all over europe too and it's fine. But these are americans we're talking about here. If you haven't observed the difference you haven't traveled abroad.


I've lived in Germany twice but I thank you for your uneducated musings.
 
2013-10-02 10:45:28 AM  
The FCC is the one restricting the use of transmitting devices on planes.  Especially while airborne.

I figured once Pilots could use the iPad in the cockpit, there was really no reason why passengers could do the same with similar devices.  Most electonic devices these days operate on different frequencies then the ones used on the hardened electronics of Airplanes
 
2013-10-02 12:40:29 PM  

unlikely: As my flight this morning hit the runway and before we even started to taxi, the guy who'd been way too loud talking to his obviously uninterested seatmate in front of me fired up his phone and began talking sales figures and hotel arrangements with some friend in another time zone. The whole 757 was pretty clear on how September had been a great month for them but it still didn't make up for August.

Letting that guy talk for the entire flight would lead to murder.


THIS!

/ i wasn't on unlikely's flight but it's the sentiment that I agree with.
// loud people, confined space.  I hate walking through a grocery store with people yapping on the damned things.
 
2013-10-02 12:56:53 PM  
We're flying in a Lockheed Eagle series L1011. It came off the line 20 months ago. It carries a Sim-5 Transponder tracking system. Are you telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?
 
2013-10-02 02:19:24 PM  
If the devises were a danger to planes, does anyone really think they'd let you board with them?
 
2013-10-02 03:21:47 PM  
When you're at cruising altitude you become "line of sight" to dozens of cell towers.  It takes very little power for those towers to receive your signal.  It has nothing to do with anything you're going to do to the plane.  It's you screwing up the cell network.

/Took me 600mW of power to contact a ham repeater 40 miles away at 3000'.  At 500' - no dice.
 
2013-10-02 03:52:28 PM  

wooden_badger: When you're at cruising altitude you become "line of sight" to dozens of cell towers.  It takes very little power for those towers to receive your signal.  It has nothing to do with anything you're going to do to the plane.  It's you screwing up the cell network.

/Took me 600mW of power to contact a ham repeater 40 miles away at 3000'.  At 500' - no dice.


I said something similar in dozens of threads on various forums. Unfortunately, no one wants to know this. They'd rather complain about not being able to use the phone in the air, and then complain about all the dropped calls they get on the ground.
 
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