iPads bring Down Planes?Sunday, December 25, 2011
This article in the New York Times addresses a very simple question with the truth.
The Federal Aviation Administration has its reasons for preventing passengers from reading from their Kindles and iPads during takeoff and landing. But they just don’t add up.
…When EMT Labs put an Amazon Kindle through a number of tests, the company consistently found that this e-reader emitted less than 30 microvolts per meter when in use. That’s only 0.00003 of a volt.
“The power coming off a Kindle is completely minuscule and can’t do anything to interfere with a plane,” said Jay Gandhi, chief executive of EMT Labs, after going over the results of the test. “It’s so low that it just isn’t sending out any real interference.”
The reason this decree is in place is to control you and tell you what actions you can take, and when. It’s always funny to talk to folks and hear them rationalize the no-electronics rule with ignorant utterances. Do you ever notice that if you don’t turn off your device quickly enough, the line sergeants will charge up the aisle and verbally assault you for daring to ignore the rules? Or perhaps you just moved a bit too slowly for them. Either way, the quasi-government workers aboard the airlines are acting in the capacity of trained monkeys, defending the supremacy of their masters.