Current bugbears

Jim Thompson jim at
Tue Sep 4 21:48:44 CEST 2007

On Sep 4, 2007, at 9:24 AM, Joe Pfeiffer wrote:

> 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? :)

My wristwatch is mechanical (Rolex), not a problem.

> "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"

Pacemakers aren't "handheld".

Medical devices (and the Li batters that normally power them) are  
generally exempted, as long
as the battery has the correct markings.

The wristwatch could be viewed as a medical device, (timing of  
medicine, glucose monitoring, meal timing, etc.)

Man this thread has gone off the rails.

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