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

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



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

42. SupremeLeader

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2013

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

20. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

41. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

3. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Apple users and fans need AdobeFlashPlayer to watch this. Pathetic™ ®

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I did...hilarious!!!


Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

There's an app for that?

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

21. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 Ted

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

WOW....just WOW.

15. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

16. nerdylish

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

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

26. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

28. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 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.

39. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012


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