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  •  Cell phones (13+ / 0-)

    will be bad enough. And I'm afraid they're actually going to allow that.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:38:03 PM PDT

    •  and it'll be the 30% gun nuts who don't know how (2+ / 0-)
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      to text!!!
      AAAAARRRRGGGGHHH.

      "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

      by stagemom on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:24:39 PM PDT

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    •  Cell phones is a different rule. (1+ / 0-)
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      Cell phones and things like Skype are banned in flight because they are audio transmissions from inside the plane. Even if they allow electronics on takeoff and landing again, cell phones would still be turned off once the plane leaves the gate.

    •  Bumper sticker I saw yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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      on a truck parked around the block from me -
       "Guns don't kill people, cell phones do"

      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:00:42 PM PDT

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    •  There is nothing to worry about with cell (1+ / 0-)
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      phones. They're not going to take down a plane, period. Otherwise, planes would be falling out of the sky at an alarming rate, because I guarantee you that on any given flight with 150 passengers, someone forgot to turn their phone off.

      If the concern is someone actually using it during flight and being obnoxious and on a phone call, don't worry, you can't get a signal at 30,000 feet.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 07:58:46 PM PDT

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      •  Actually you can get a lot of signal at 30,000... (0+ / 0-)

        The horizon is a lot farther away away, so you can see more towers than the system was designed to cope with.  And its an unobstructed path, no trees, hills, or buildings to attenuate the signal.

        The other thing - they can handle so many customers, because any given phone can only see a few towers, with it shifting to a new tower when you move out of range of the one routing your call.  Besides presenting your phone with too much choice, the speed of the plane means you see a given tower for not that long.  Your call will get handed off a lot more often than someone at one tenth the speed on the interstate.  The system can cope, (with a few such phones) but if it became common, the carriers would have to beef up their network, and that would cost them $$, that they want to spend on more useful things like executive bonuses and advertising to poach customers from other carriers.

        This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

        by rjnerd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:19:17 PM PDT

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