Current bugbears

Joe Pfeiffer joseph at
Tue Sep 4 21:24:56 CEST 2007

Alexey Feldgendler writes:
>On Tue, 04 Sep 2007 20:33:31 +0200, Joe Pfeiffer  
><joseph at> wrote:
>> That said, a GPS receiver isn't going to affect avionics.  Neither is
>> a cell phone, a bluetooth, nor an 802.11 wi-fi.  But since they
>> haven't been *proved* not to, they aren't allowed.
>Even worse. I've once flown a Russian airline (I'm not naming it here)  
>where ALL handheld electronic devices were prohibited. The stewardess,  
>indeed, told me that I have to turn my digital camera off! Needless to say  
>that convincing the staff that the RF systems in a cell phone can be  
>disabled without turning the device off would be missing impossible.

Did they make you turn off your wristwatch? :)

"I'm sorry, sir, but we are requiring you to turn off your pacemaker
to avoid any possible interference with aircraft avionics systems.
This is for your own safety, sir"

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