Turn off your electronics when on a plane!

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  1. CowboyGil

    CowboyGil Well-Known Member

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    Or just get a shoe phone like Maxwell Smart......;)
  2. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Actually in this case I'd agree with just turning it off for the plane ride. I have heard it can interfere with equipment, I don't know if that's true, but there is nothing that you could do from the air anyway if someone called you with an emergency so there is really no valid reason for having it on while on a plane.

    This time I actually agree with having it turned off.
  3. Ntegrase96

    Ntegrase96 Well-Known Member

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    It's a pet peeve of mine-- when the flight attendants instruct passengers to power down their devices and Mr. "No big deal,I fly all the time" takes his sweet time to do so while being visibly annoyed... get over it, dude.
  4. BlindFaith

    BlindFaith Well-Known Member

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    Don't know which other mythbusters you were watching, but it wasn't the one on Discovery.


    Explanation: Never mind what the chatterbox in the seat next to you says about cell phones messing with plane navigation — those metallic birds are built airtight against foreign signals and operate on entirely different frequencies than cell phones.

    So why all the fuss about phones? When you make a call at 10,000 feet, the signal bounces off multiple available cell towers, rather than one at a time. That means too many phone-happy jetsetters might clog up the networks on the ground, which is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — not the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) — banned cell use on planes.

    If you're just dying to bust out your BlackBerry mid-flight, go international. Some airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Asia now allow cell phone use in planes, but don't hold your breath for the FCC to follow suit.

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