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airborne madness, two years later.

This post I wrote on September 2002 could have been written two days rather than two years ago. I can't easily describe how ridiculous I find the restrictions companies place on electronic devices because they might "interfere with navigational systems" and such. Every time I travel there seems to be a new device or system that is "dangerous." Example from my recent footrip to the Netherlands was that you couldn't use any "laser-powered device, such as a CD player." Nevermind that a CD player is not "laser-powered", you could use laptops, which generally have CD or DVD players. But laptops are OK.


Cellphones have long been no-no at any time during flight (only recently some airlines have started to let you use them with the doors open at the gate, others still don't, even though they use the same airplanes). Now, in a couple of years there will probably be cellphone service on airplanes. Aha. Having a cell on the airplane and everyone using their phones, doesn't interfere. Giving you WiFi in the plane is also A-OK. Turning on a phone on its own, however, is quite dangerous. I get it.

Anyway. I wonder how they will spin the fact that WiFi & cell service on planes creates way more interference that a single device ever would.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on September 30 2004 at 11:10 AM

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