March 26, 2012

Could you use it on a... plane?

Up, up and radiation levels away... or maybe not.
Recently, tawkon's French representative Marc took his Galaxy SII with him on a flight over Paris in a Cessna 172 at an altitude of 1500 feet. Here's his post (in French).
Check out the following video: It shows the tawkon app running in the plane, and you can see the levels rising and falling in flight. Clearly this is a high-radiation activity; maybe that's why pilots are always telling us to shut off our phones for take off?

Meanwhile, CellAntenna's CEO claims cell phones cannot crash airplanes and the FAA is wrong. In a statement, CEO Howard Melamed said:

“It’s ridiculous that Flight Attendants, who are not engineers, and have no knowledge of engineering make-up of planes, tell passengers to turn off their cell phone because it interferes with navigational equipment. It frightens passengers and it is unnecessary. If the FAA was right, and cell phones were dangerous, why would they even allow them on airplanes? There are reasons for keeping a cell phone off before takeoff and landing, which include making sure attention is given to safety procedures and for common courtesy. However, since it’s almost impossible to make a call above 3500 feet, let alone at cruising altitude, keeping the cell phone on will ultimately only drain battery as it tries to reach a tower with which it cannot communicate.”

So what is the story with cell phones on planes... Maybe the pilots just don't want to hear the new Angry Birds in Space edition sound effects over and over?

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