Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10:37:50 PM
@Paperduck- Back in the days of analog cell phones, a phone in the air would try to connect with all of the towers it could "see" and tie things up. So originally it was an FCC rule - today I think that rule continues mostly to appease nervous flight attendants.
In terms of general electronic devices- I and many of my passengers used to have an AT&T Blackberry that would create a buzzing sound in my headphones if it was trying to check its data connection. It got louder in the headphones when the phone was closer, but only one time was it loud enough to interfere with communications (that was my FO's phone). Since those days I never had a problem; I think people are just trying to be extra cautious. Though, as Alec Baldwin pointed out, the pilots are running iPads :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:12:55 PM
I was hoping he'd touch on the turning off electronic devices and airplane mode rule. It doesn`t make sense that it could interfere with the plane`s communications and I`ve never heard of such an incident. The best explanation I came up with is the possibility the signal could be used as a honing device for someone tracking from the ground, maybe in a crazy shoot down attempt but admittedly that sounds far fetched too. Anyone here know what`s the fear of not being in airplane mode?
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:40:32 PM
vv No Fred, nothing you're doing wrong. Part of the job description of Site Moderator is that we have to be at least borderline retarded. In fact, it`s a requirement. It`s us screwing up the titles - keep the good stuff coming or we don`t `ave owt for t` content!