Video allegedly shows Apple AirDrop transmitting an in-flight photo from one cockpit to another

If you've never used AirDrop on your Apple iPhone or Mac, it is a tool used to transfer small files between iOS devices (and Macs) without requiring the use of email or any internet service at all. Even though both the transmitting device and the receiving device are not online, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles must be set to "on" on the two units. To show a real-life example of AirDrop in action, a video was posted showing the alleged transmission of a photo between two iOS devices on board separate airplanes in flight.

The video opens with the captain of a Boeing 747-8 explaining how he is going to send a photo to a Singapore Airlines 777 via the AirDrop technology. Keep in mind that the two planes are roughly 1,000 feet apart, one 35,000 feet off the ground and the other 36,000 feet up. For most of the video's 55 seconds, we can see some airborne images and the control panel on the transmitting plane, while both pilots exchange some non-essential chat.

Just before the 32 second mark, we see an iPhone in the cockpit of the 747-8 sending out an image of the Singapore Airlines jet to that particular plane. The second pilot acknowledges the receipt of the picture by saying, "We appreciate your AirDrop." Unfortunately, the video really doesn't prove anything since the whole clip could easily have been faked. The good news is that as far as we know, neither airline had to throw anyone off the flight before take-off.

Have any of you used AirDrop? This is hardly a new technology, and enough time has passed to whip out any bugs. Let us know if it has worked seamlessly for you by dropping your comments in the box below.

source: CollegeNewsNetwork via RedmondPie



1. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

They did have airplane mode on, so maybe airdrop on airplane more only sends to other airplanes. /s

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016


3. nikhil23

Posts: 470; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

you guys don't verify the authenticity before posting when it comes to idevices... it's fake news

4. AxelFoley unregistered

Oh well. Time to crank out a few more "This Photo Shoot Was Done Entirely on an iPhone" articles.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4266; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They've already admitted to getting spec sources from Amazon listings and not the manufacturers so this doesnt surprise me in the least.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

this is stupid. We can turn phone into routers, and wifi signal is go pretty freaking far as longer as there is not many objects in the path. the signal will be week but it can go pretty far.

7. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Anyone who believes this doesn't truly use airdrop. Lol

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