Actually there was an episode of Myth Busters that actually did show that people using electronic devices during takeoff and landing do have an effect on the airplane's electronic systems.
MythBusters Episode 49: Cell Phones on a Plane
I don't know about you but it is worth it to me not to have my electronic devices on for 30 minutes (total) in order not to plummet into the ground...
Sounds by your name, you're a pilot, and you should know that YES, it "could" cause an issue, however, the IPad is probably not a problem like cell phones can be.
The FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) provide for the operator to determine if an electronic device could cause a problem before using it, and most carriers have determined that there's enough of a risk to prohibit use for the departure and arrival stage. However, using it on the ground during a delay should be fine. However, even though the flight attendant was unreasonable and the guy was a jerk....so the guy gets arrested. I've done that on several flights of mine when a passenger is unreasonable, and belligerent. You can't inconvenience 150 passengers for one idiot.
Now, for the record, there's many of us that use the IPad as an EFB (electronic flight bag) for chart, etc, myself included, and found absolutely no issues. Great devise for that.
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MR Larry O since you are in the business of beening a person who flys people for a liveing on the show mythbuster is really was never proven to a point where the device did or not become a problem..
so my basic question for you sir ..
with the advances of the socalled tech among the pilot control panel system would it not be safe to say that the devices we use now for our in flight enjoyment sir is safer than the devices from the year 2000 when useing them in flight on a airplane ..
plus part two is this statement ..
for i had also seen some of the flight attendants i have seen in my 32 years of flying i would not trust to do anything but stand there and be a guide and that it ..
there is also a way to asked someone when it time to or need to put away a deivce also for some of the male or female flight attendants really do not ask in a very nice way about putting some thing away and maybe that was the cause of the guy not putting the ipad away when asked .. some of them do not have good personal skills about some areas ...i seen one on a more recent flight when the plane was on the ground taxiing to the gate ..she had her phone out and texting people allready and when asked about a gate number she had this look why are you brothering me now ..
for trips where it a storm filled night of lighting stikes and thunderstorms iam pretty much do not see a problem with saying ok anything that could bring something down on the plane i understand or if we are hit by something we need to get out quick put up the items and get ready to get the heck off the plane...
i also under the stand the reason of why haveing it put up and the cabin ready for landing in case oh-cr-p-- moment when the pllot and crew have to do there best to keep us safe and ready to get out of the plane with a maxium amount of seconds before something really bad happens and you do not need the stupid person sitting there fumbleing around with the laptop
I'm a retired Flight Attendant...it seems as if the original problem started when the passenger didn't want to put away the Ipad for take off....the FAA requires all electronic devices to be stowed for take off and landing as a safety issue...they want you to be ready for any problem that may arise, and for good reason...how would you like to be knocked in the head with a laptop or other hard plastic item if the plane has to stop quickly or swerves and the user let's go of the item...it's YOU that will get smacked as it flies loose in the cabin...take off and landing is a serious time of flight and attention should be paid...believe me, things happen very fast at 200 MPH....that's why one FA wanted it put away, but another during flight didn't have a problem with it....
If this was my flight attendant (I didn't say stewardess!), I would do anything she said!
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I've flown on quite a few airlines over the years and they've allowed me to use electronic equipment, (my laptop, and my GPS).
Many airlines now supply power plugs so you can use your gear without worrying about batteries. A few airlines are even supplying onboard wifi (for an extra charge of course), so passengers can browse the net while in flight.. The only time I've seen the cabin staff getting fussy is during take off and landing. (Those are the two most critical parts of the flight).
I suppose the chances of a passenger's equipment interfering with the flight crew is almost non-existent.. But as long as the powers who regulate the airlines feel the regulation has to be there, I'll comply. I' hope that those in charge of my safety will err on the side of caution.
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You can add me to the group that think that the stories one or two airlines are handing out is just BS.
If the old interference wives tales are true, why is it just some airlines and not all of them? Are those airlines running on crystal radio, tubes, and tincans with strings?
If the boogeyphone stories are true, then we are all full-scale starkers crazy to even consider setting foot on an airliner!! All it would take is a couple people sneak-texting under the edge of the tray table to send us screaming to the ground.
If we really believed this stuff, we would all be insisting that all the phones, laptops, etc., be locked away in a compartment,with the batteries removed.
If the planes are so susceptible and low-tech as they suggest, routes should be planned to avoid flying within miles of high-power lines, radio towers, or cell towers.
Sorry, If I really believed those stories, and someone tied me to a seat, and forced me to fly, I would be screaming the whole way, and running out and kissing and hugging the ground after we landed.
Fortunately, . . . I am not buying their scary stories.
I can fly and nap.
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