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Pilot blames Apple iPhone for in-flight navigation error from 2011

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Pilot blames Apple iPhone for in-flight navigation error from 2011
A commercial airliner back in 2011 was sent off-course thanks to interference from an Apple iPhone, which threw off the compass on the plane. At the time the plane was cruising at 9000 feet and the faulty compass readings sent the plane miles off course. Once a flight attendant told a passenger in the 9th row to turn off his iPhone, the problem with the navigation system cleared up and the pilot was able to right the plane.

Despite this information, an FAA advisory committee is expected in July to make a recommendation on whether airline passengers should be allowed to use their mobile devices during all aspects of a flight from takeoff to landing. According to NASA, Boeing and the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority, some devices do interfere with airline equipment. Currently, if a plane is below 10,000 feet, the only electronic devices allowed to be turned on are portable recording devices, hearing aids, heart pacemakers and electric shavers. Above 10,000 feet, phones can be used if they are on Airplane Mode which means that none of the radios on the device are sending or receiving signals. A recent study conducted by the CEA found that 30% of airline passengers have accidentally had a device powered on through an entire flight.

While inflight Wi-Fi systems are fine because they connect to devices at low power levels, Delta Airlines said that it has compiled a list of  27 incidents from 2010-2012 where a consumer electronic device has led to the malfunction of an aircraft. On the other hand, there is the CTIA, the Association for the Wireless Industry which said last year that personal electronics do not cause interference. And the FAA is having a harder time convincing passengers that their smartphones and tablets present a risk since the agency allowed pilots to replace their paper maps and navigational tools with specially equipped Apple iPads.

So far, there has never been an incident where a personal electronic device has caused an accident. For the most part, passengers are aware of the restrictions and act accordingly. Of course, not everyone is so quick to comply with the rules. In the most famous incident, actor Alec Baldwin got tossed from an American Airlines plane when he refused to turn off his iPhone prior to takeoff. Mr. Baldwin was playing Words With Friends at the time.


source: Bloomberg

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posted on 15 May 2013, 19:40 2

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What the heck was the pilot doing using a phone inflight anyway?

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:51 20

2. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Read the article. The passenger in the 9th row was using the phone that caused it.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:07 3

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My bad... I read it lol, I feel like duhhhhh lol

posted on 20 May 2013, 01:11

42. SupremeLeader (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 May 2013)


"That wasn't a very smart post dude." :-)

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:06 17

20. guest (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Using Apple maps will definitely lead you off course ;-)

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:14 6

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


There was no apple maps in 2011. That wasn't a very smart post dude.

posted on 16 May 2013, 02:10 1

41. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


but for navigation by Apple it was a better state :)

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:51 8

3. aditya.k (Posts: 474; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


@darkjedii: Did you even read the article? Pilot blames it on passengers using iPhone not himself! lol :D

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:06 3

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No I only read the headline...lol my bad. That headline is kinda confusing

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:56 4

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Apple users and fans need AdobeFlashPlayer to watch this.

Pathetic™

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posted on 15 May 2013, 20:09 1

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No it's in HTML5 format also. I just watched a bit on my iPad. One of the ladies is named Meagan.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:09 4

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3624; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


even Batman still finding joker...lol have u watch that parody.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:55 2

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I did...hilarious!!!

posted on 15 May 2013, 19:58 1

5. LAFN (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


There's an app for that?

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:11 1

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Myth's already been busted.

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/cell-phones-interfere-plane-instruments.htm

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:36 1

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Have you watched video below article before commenting? I think you didn't...

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:48 2

13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4066; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think the pilots trying to cover up that he has poor navigational skills and wants to blame the iPhone for it.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:12 4

21. tedkord (Posts: 5146; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Stop it. It wasn't that it was an iPhone in particularl, just that it was a phone. Quit being such a troll.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:40 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 Ted

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:41 3

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well mxy they did locate the person, and he had an iPhone.

posted on 15 May 2013, 23:54

40. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1795; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


WOW....just WOW.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:54 1

15. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


It was an iphone error in navigation. He was using Apple maps on his iPhone!!!

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:58 6

16. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Bro, you just went full retard. Never go full retard.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:22 4

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8843; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Apple Maps was released in 2012 so you're statement is invalid.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:38

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think ZeroCide should call it a nite, and go to bed. He's had a rough day on PA. +1 smurf.

posted on 15 May 2013, 21:27 1

28. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Some people on here are too serios and sensitive when it comes to their idevices
I was not going full retard. It was a sarcastic joke. Seee Apple maps get people lost he was blaming an i phone. Get it.... lighten up ppl.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:15

39. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE HEARD TODAY

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