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Passengers are acting out against the rules and even hurting one another

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RE: Idiots
By BillyBatson on 12/31/2012 2:42:30 PM , Rating: 1
Yups and as a former US Air Force jet engine mechanic on very high end helicopters and aircraft I can vouch that in my entire time in service not one incident ever occurred because someone has a cellphone on or in use. No one ever told us to put our phones away lol. During test flights we would sit in a trunk 8-10 people near the helicopter on the ground which would be running tests in case something went wrong we would jump out the trunk and go service the aircraft. What would we do for hours on the truck? Every single one of us on our phones parked next to the running aircraft. This is with communications, navigation, and other top secret systems all running, no issues.
The FCC is just too lazy and cheap to update this archaic rule

RE: Idiots
By Piiman on 12/31/2012 3:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
Why did hey make you sit in the Trunk :-)

RE: Idiots
By sorry dog on 12/31/2012 3:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
The FCC is just too lazy and cheap to update this archaic rule

Dontcha mean the FAA?

I think the rule is partially because of capacity interruption that can be caused by cell phone trying to communicated with 6 towers that it now has line of sight of since it's 10,000+ feet in the air. However, that affects cell providers more than anybody else, so it doesn't make sense that the FCC would say something against the I dunno...

RE: Idiots
By Piiman on 12/31/2012 3:26:14 PM , Rating: 2
But you're not @ 10,000 feet at takeoff or landing. And its not like these signals go way just because your phone is off.

RE: Idiots
By Telomar on 12/31/2012 4:58:05 PM , Rating: 4
Military aircraft and helicopters both use shielded electronic systems. I'm still not of the belief that it makes a difference on commercial aircraft but you'd certainly not see an effect on military systems.

RE: Idiots
By mcnabney on 1/2/2013 9:29:40 AM , Rating: 2
Military aircraft are more than 'shielded'. Commercial aircraft are shielded. The military can survive the EMP from a nuclear weapon.

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