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  1. Patriot123579
    Feb 19 - 11:25

    Just to be clear, there is no FAA regulation that says you can’t use electronics while on the plane.

    The FAA told the airlines several years ago that they could each determine their own electronics policies. The airlines just decided to keep their policies in place. The flight attendants chirp that failure to turn your device off violates FAA regulations, but what they DON’T tell you is WHICH regulation. Specifically, they mean the regulation that specifies that passengers shall not interfere with flight attendants performing their duties. If they ask you to turn off your phone and you do not, you are interfering with that flight attendant, and therefore in FAA rules violations.

  2. Zmartmoney
    Feb 17 - 4:32

    It is not true that your electronic devices will interfere with the flight crew’s instruments. In fact, the FCC was ready to approve cell phone use aboard airlines but the cell phone companies protested that it would create problems with signals jumping back and forth between towers. So much for smart pilots.

  3. Fred95
    Feb 16 - 1:56

    “People don’t understand why they can’t use their cell phones.

    Well, what can happen is 12 people will decide to call someone just before landing, and I can get a false reading on my instruments saying that we are higher than we really are. —J
    Jim Tilmon, retired American Airlines pilot, Phoenix

    Jim, you may be a retired pilot but you don’t understand squat about electronics and interference … there’s no evidence AT ALL that cell phone use affects avionics…. NONE. This kind of hogwash has been spread by pilots for years.

    Voodoo should never be passed off as science.

  4. get lives already
    Jan 14 - 12:34

    flying sucks!

  5. Guest
    Jan 11 - 2:07

    “There is no safest place to sit”

    They moved the black boxes to the tail section for a reason…..

  6. SJ
    Jan 09 - 1:59

    I take exception to the explanation regarding the differences in safety standards between major airlines and regional airlines. As a professional aviator with over 20 years in the industry, I can tell you that regional airlines are held to every training and safety standard that a major airline is. To say differently is doing the flying public a major disservice. Shame on you RD.

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