iPads bring Down Planes?

Sunday, December 25, 2011
Posted in category Safety Nazis

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.

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4 Responses to iPads bring Down Planes?

  1. Linda says:

    December 25th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Apparently more people need to watch Mythbusters. http://kwc.org/mythbusters/2006/04/episode_49_cellphones_on_plane.html

  2. Jason Kelly says:

    December 26th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    If a device can bring down a plane, the airlines would be more careful than to simply rely on passengers to comply with a request to switch it off. 

  3. Rachel says:

    December 30th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I love your blog but I have to say, my Mom is a flight attendant and I resent the fact that you think she’s a trained monkey because she’s doing her job. The plane can’t take off until all portable devices are turned off. If you want to get to your destination on time (and Southwest generally will) than just turn it off. Or don’t fly.

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    December 30th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Rachel – these statements are what is wrong in the world: “If you don’t like it, don’t fly.” Let’s all enslave negroes and tell them, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t breed.” Or how about the answer to police state totalitarianism: “if you don’t like it, don’t drive, don’t walk, don’t talk on your cell phone, don’t drink at your friend’s house, don’t refuse to be stuffed through a checkpoint, and … don’t breathe or live.” Or how about the response to any crazed or unjust or totalitarian or unconstitutional law: “if you don’t like it, don’t [fill in blank]…”

    Taking something personally – that had nothing to do with your mother(???) – leads one to these kind of crackpot statements. So, think on that, my friend ….. and look at the root cause and the end goal, as well as similar events in history, and *think.* Otherwise, you are just another dumb slave too lazy to challenge the f****d-up state you are endorsing.

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