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FAA panel finds electronic devices, Wi-Fi safe for 'gate to gate' use

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Oct 2, 2013
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  1. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory committee has come to the conclusion that it is safe for airline passengers to use hand-held electronic devices like smartphones, tablets and e-readers during all portions of a flight on nearly every US airliner....

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  2. thewind

    thewind TS Enthusiast Posts: 77

    IF you've ever had your phone on during a flight you'd know you cant get a signal from that high up anyway! I've had both Verizon and sprint when I'm flying and neither can receive a signal after around 8,000 feet. Most planes fly above 20,000 feet so good luck getting anything up there anyway!
  3. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 340   +94

    Once connected to WiFi, folks can use VOIP (Skype, etc) to chat. Just hope I won't sit next to a chatterbox though... We will miss the quiet time we have now.
  4. Adorerai

    Adorerai TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +14

    If someone was going to trigger a bomb with a cell phone, is telling them to turn off their phone really what's going to stop it?
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  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,652   +406

    My thoughts exactly.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,079   +1,361

    No, but it would stop the airlines from installing connectivity for you like they have with wi-fi.
  7. Hacker

    Hacker TS Rookie

    Yes, but you could trigger a bomb through wi-fi as well.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,761   +4,569

    Remote detonators would likely be custom made and wouldn't be dependent on airline services. Anyone with electronic experience could build a long-range remote detonator. They don't have to be sophisticated to work. Making them tamper proof is another story though.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,345   +1,386

    OMG, setting captively on an 8hr flight with several person chatting away??? Could easily invoke miscreant behavior from other passengers!

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