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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Please switch off all electronic equipment

Ever wondered why in 2013 airlines are still asking you to turn off your electronic transmitting devices such as mobile phones when you are in flight?  Well Bloomberg have published a great article on the subject
The regional airliner was climbing past 9,000 feet when its compasses went haywire, leading pilots several miles off course until a flight attendant persuaded a passenger in row 9 to switch off an Apple iPhone.
Everyone in this day in age has a smart device and expects to be able to use it in all situations including on an aircraft, and most cant understand why with all the advances in mobile technology and also aircraft technology why there is still an interference issue, especially when some airlines have trialed and offer in flight wi-fi systems, but what punters don't seem to realise is;
Inflight Wi-Fi systems are safe in part because devices connect to them at low power levels, according to Carson, who was co-chairman of an RTCA panel that produced testing standards.
This is a touchy issue with most people and there will always be people who object to the official views of the regulating bodies and the airlines, but this issue doesn't look likely to be solved anytime soon, so its an issue that needs to be kept at the forefront of peoples minds.
Laboratory tests have shown some devices broadcast radio waves powerful enough to interfere with airline equipment, according to NASA, aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co and the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority. 
Read the article for yourself HERE and see if you agree with the thoughts of the FAA/CAA/CASA/Manufacturers/Airlines or you agree more with some of the comments from readers.

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