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The Telecom Digest for March 15, 2011
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Re: Handhelds on Planes A Bigger Problem Than You Think(Sam Spade)

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Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:21:18 -0700 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Handhelds on Planes A Bigger Problem Than You Think Message-ID: <r9adnX7UWt5jUuDQnZ2dnUVZ_sednZ2d@giganews.com> David Clayton wrote: > On Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:17:45 -0600, John Mayson wrote: > .......... > >>I was recently onboard a Boeing 777 and the captain said he couldn't push >>back from the gate until all electronic devices were off. Usually just >>the cabin crew made such an announcement on this airline. The captain >>repeated this message two more times. I didn't see anyone turn anything >>off, but it's a big plane. I have to wonder if someone's electronic >>device was on and was interfering with the flight deck. He finally came >>on, thanked us, and we pushed back. > > > I would suspect that the new aircraft may have detection devices now that > indicate any close sources of "unauthorised" RF sources in an attempt to > warn the flight crew of any potential problems - at least I would hope > that such things are now in "Fly by wire" commercial aircraft! I work with aircraft avionics and have not heard of such a device.
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