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Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Traveling by Air

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  • Barb Jernigan
    Yup, exactly.... On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:38:03 -0700 (PDT) Pete writes: Well as i recall the mythbusters testing episode they were testing
    Message 1 of 29 , Jul 30, 2007
      Yup, exactly....
      On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:38:03 -0700 (PDT) Pete <peterhey2@...> writes:
      Well as i recall the mythbusters testing episode they were testing cellphones which is both a transmitter and receiver, and they had to boost the power way up to cause any problems. However no matter what, i believe in the safety of all aircraft in flight (i am a pilot myself) so whatever rules they set up and for whatever reason they set them up I will obey them. Like I said in my first post, I had the permission of the flight crew to use mine during that Vegas flight, and Southwest Airways specifically allowed the use of gps units aboard their flights (it was on their website at the time). However, knowing the sensitivity of other folks on the airplane who arent as educated as us geocachers, i made absolutely sure that all the flight crew knew about it, what it was and what I was doing with it. It sure generated a bunch of interest in the folks around me on the flight and I possibly converted a few of them to geocaching before the flight ended.
      Anyway just be safe and follow the rules and everything will work out.
      Paparazzi Pete of PetenMike

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Barb Jernigan <gumbietygress@...>
      To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 10:22:20 AM
      Subject: Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Traveling by Air

      On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 06:57:22 -0700 (PDT) Pete <peterhey2@yahoo. com> writes:
      Well i can understand why they may not want you to use gps on board the aircraft due to all the new rules and regs about what you can and cant do on the airplane, but after using mine on a flight from vegas to san antonio aboard Southwest airlines it doesnt really make sense that it would interefere with anything in the cockpit, especially since there are multiple gps units up there guiding them to their destinations.
      Paparazzi Pete of PetenMike
      Some don't interfer.... probably 99.9% don't....
      But who knows what does -- or if someone might jury rig a unit. Or a unit might have a short in it.
      While I would hope a commercial aircraft has better shielding on its communications and electronics,
      I'm with the Myth Busters -- I don't necessarily want the FAA to take that chance.
      Also, it's easier to ENFORCE a blanket rule than a bunch of exceptions.. ..
      Remember, a planeload of travelers can be a LOT like a classroom full of kindergarteners -- "But HE'S USING HIS...!"
      Sad, but true. And I'm sorry for the times we live in, where overreacting to a potential threat seems to be some authority institutions' idea of action (or the appearance of action, to keep the masses from panicking)(don' t start me, I get all curmudgeonly and stop only short of arm waving (someone could lose an EYE!!!!)).
      So while the danger is, likely, nonexistent -- and the rules are probably only that, rules -- I suppose I don't need to watch my track log THAT badly.
      Fly Frontier -- the tracklog is built into the seat.

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