| 12:43 am on May 12, 2013 (gmt 0)|
That's funny. I fly often, but significantly less than 30 percent of my flights have crashed. Maybe it's not as big a deal as the FAA thinks?
They allow the pilots to run Ipads with key flight info during all phases of flight already....
| 8:26 am on May 12, 2013 (gmt 0)|
My guess is that they are trying to avoid interference. The more people that have their electronics on the greater likelihood of distubance.
| 5:59 am on May 15, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Planes should really be able to cope with a little interference. If they cannot, its a serious design flaw. The implication is that planes could be deliberately crashed by high interference (after all, mobile devices cause comparatively little).
| 6:13 am on May 15, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Obviously, they are able to cope with it. But they shouldn't have to.
Most drivers who run red lights do not cause fatal collisions.
| 4:23 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Not a good analogy because there is not practical alternative to having some sort of signalling system on the roads.
Planes should be designed to cope with interference regardless of what passengers do with their electronics because there is a lot of potential interference from outside: cell phone and radio transmitters, solar flares, radar, and lots more.
Then there is the possibility of deliberate sabotage from inside or out.
| 6:20 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)|
If there is really danger from electronic devices I wonder why they are even allowed on board.
After all, They don't let you take your pocket knife or gun with you and then simply say: Please keep your pocket knife closed and your gun unloaded during all phases of the flight.
"Hey, pilot take me to Luton or I'll switch on my cellphone."
| 10:40 pm on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Coming from an aviation background. There is no real danger. All the electronics is shielded. Solar flares could be more of a problem. Northern lights are not , I speak from experience.
It's a bit like don't use your phone at gas stations or in hospitals. Just folklore.
PS I hate Luton and Stanstead !