The devices cannot be turned on during takeoff and landing, and at no time can these devices activate their internal radios on board the plane. That means that no calling or texting is permitted during takeoff, landing, or while in flight. The FAA is concerned that a radio signal from a mobile phone could interfere with readings used by the pilot to navigate and control the plane. A Charlotte attorney named Chad Tillman said that his smartphone was in Airplane Mode when he recorded the video.
Tillman was so annoyed by what he witnessed that as soon as he disembarked the plane, he wrote a strongly worded letter to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. In the letter, Tillman said that he was worried that passenger safety was being jeopardized by the pilot's action. American Airlines spokeswomen Andrea Huguely said that the pilot's employer did talk to him about the texting, but did not say whether he was disciplined. Huguely never revealed the name of the airline that employs the texting pilot. The spokeswomen did add that, "If someone is concerned about what another passenger is doing, notify the flight attendant so they can address it when it happens."
source: ClarenceMoore, CharlotteObserver via CNET
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Using Your Phone On A Plane Is Just Plan Stupid LOL.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:27 AM 2
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You mean plane stupid? :d
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 7:56 AM 8
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It's not going to harm anything. The cables and electronics are shielded from interference, so the likelihood of a cellphone interfering with flight controls or avionics is slim to none. The only reason they have such warnings and rules is to reduce liability in the event of a one in a million incident of a cellphone somehow interfering. I don't put mine in airplane mode. If the cellular signal could interfere, then so could the signals being broadcasted from cell towers which bombard every inch of airspace during takeoff.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 12:32 PM 1
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Is this really that serious? I mean at any given moment there is going to be a passenger on any given flight who will end up leaving their phone on while not on airplane mode. Besides, has there ever been an aviation incident attributed to cellphone interference with a plane? Don't get me wrong, I am all for safety on planes( I average about 50k miles per year) but you have to be pretty ignorant to believe that every single passenger is going to put their phones in airplane mode every single time.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:30 AM 2
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You are most probably right , but if more people are made aware of this then more people will stop caring about switching of their phones and putting them in airplane more. Over a period of time the number will be large enough to interfere with plane communications and would probably cause a major aerial mishap. So Hushh :)
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:45 AM 0
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This is a bit sensationalist, so what if he's a pilot? He wasn't at the controls of the plane! Everyone should know it's fine to use your phone on a plane, especially a pilot... if it's about having something not properly stowed during take-off (ie.phone in hands) the person filming is no better
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:40 AM 5
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The person filming the video might have been doing so by keeping his phone in airplane mode and that is fine. Texting / calling in plane is not.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:47 AM 0
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Source Wiki : " ...our research has found that these items can interrupt the normal operation of key cockpit instruments, especially Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, which are increasingly vital to safe landings. Two different studies by NASA further support the idea that passengers' electronic devices dangerously produce interference in a way that reduces the safety margins for critical avionics systems."
posted on Sep 09, 2015, 9:11 PM 0
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If there was any real chance that cell phones would interfere with the operations of the plane, you would not be allowed to bring them ON the plane in the first place. You would have to put them in your checked bag. As Jesse said above, at any given time there are a lot of people who forgot (or just decided not to) turn off the cellular signal. I travel a lot and sometimes forget to do it myself. This is an unnecessary rule. The only real benefit is that you don't have some idiot next to you all flight talking on their phone. Besides, you can now get gate-to gate wifi on a lot of flights. Who's to say that he was not using this and not his cellular signal. What's App, anyone?
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 6:52 AM 7
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Typical of someone like Tillman to try to get someone in trouble over nothing, I bet the letter he wrote is a pretext to a prospective lawsuit (like Tillman needs the money). Kind of similar to someone who ratted on my bus driver friend who did him a favor by giving him a short lift while his bus was out of service. (Actually he was smoking on the bus and the passenger reported him for that, and then the bus company realized the bus was out of service)...My point being that I can't stand those without scruples.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 7:18 AM 0
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Pathetic journalism. Heading is disguised to make you feel that the pilot is using phone from cockpit without bothering about the controls.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 8:27 AM 3
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It's because he's a pilot that he knows what he is doing is perfectly safe. It really is not a safety issue as far as interfering with the planes systems go.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 8:37 AM 1
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They say you cant have laptops out during take off/landing because they are big and can interfere with directions/cause harm to people if there were an issue in the plane (ie. do the little hug your knees when crashing bit, exit the plane quickly and orderly). They also ask to remove headphones during the instructions about where the exits are located and how to use the seatbelts just so people will be more likely to listen. They even say you can use handheld devices whenever. Wifi is on a lot of planes nowadays and as a pilot, I'm sure he gets special amenities like that for cheap/free. You wouldn't get service at 30k feet anyways.
posted on Sep 04, 2015, 8:49 AM 0
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Sometimes these Americans never cease to amaze me!! The so called lawyer is surely a jobless person with too much time on his hands. Who alerted the media to this and what's his gratification if you get the pilot fired or publicly disciplined. To me it's really terrible and a much a noise about nothing. How many passengers leave their cell phones on. I read he was livid, B.S and adequate joblessness looking for some cheap publicity at another's expense. Wicked and also self centred!!
posted on Sep 05, 2015, 1:07 AM 1
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He's a pilot he knows the ACTUAL risk if any that is related in this day and age. I didn't hear him shouting "Allah akbar", so I don't think he was trying to commit suicide by texting so I don't think it's really a big deal.... get my point? If there was any actual danger he wouldn't just be endangering others but himself as well. Which he seemed to have no ill intent. Therefore no harm no foul.
posted on Sep 05, 2015, 12:22 PM 1
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