- ... Sorry to shoot you down again, Bradford, but cell phones do work on aircraft, but they are forbidden because they cause interference. If you have flown onMessage 1 of 37 , Aug 2, 2004View SourceBradford wrote:
> http://www.nypress.com/17/30/news&columns/AlanCabal.cfmSorry to shoot you down again, Bradford, but cell phones do work on
> Miracles and Wonders
> By Alan Cabal
> "MIRACLES AND WONDERS Last week, USA Today reported a joint effort
> between Qualcomm and American Airlines' to allow passengers to make
> cellphone calls from aircraft in flight. According to the story, the
> satellite-based system employs a "Pico cell" to act as a small
> cellular tower.
> "It worked great," gushed Monte Ford, American Airline's chief
> information officer. "I called the office. I called my wife. I
> called a friend in Paris. They all heard me great, and I could hear
> them loud and clear."
> Before this new "Pico cell," it was nigh on impossible to make a
> call from a passenger aircraft in flight. Connection is impossible
> at altitudes over 8000 feet or speeds in excess of 230 mph.
> Yet despite this, passengers Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick
> and Edward Felt all managed to place calls from Flight 93 on the
> morning of September 11. Peter Hanson, en route to Disneyland with
> his wife and daughter, phoned his dad from Flight 175. Madeline Amy
> Sweeney, a flight attendant, made a very dramatic call from Flight
> 11 as it sped to the North Tower. Barbara Olson made two calls,
> collect, to her husband at his government office from Flight 77 as
> it made its way to the Pentagon.
> Each call was initially reported as coming from a cellphone. Later,
> when skepticism reared its ugly head and the Grassy Knollers
> arrived, the narrative became fuzzy; it was suggested that $10-a-
> minute Airfones were involved. Olson was an easy candidate for
> Airfone (one doesn't call collect from a cell), but as the stories
> developed, Olson-and Felt-were said to have called from inside
> locked lavatories. No Airfone there.
aircraft, but they are forbidden because they cause interference. If you
have flown on a commercial plane "recently" (since cell phones were
invented), you will have noticed that they always announce this prohibition
before take-off. The people on the 9/11 flights who used their phones
obviously were't concerned about the rules. The Pico Cells avoid the
- Thank you Bradford. rick distasi Artist and paintings by Katharine Camaron http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=macgregor&book=arthur&story=_frontMessage 37 of 37 , Aug 23, 2007View SourceThank you Bradford.rick distasi
Artist and paintings by Katharine Camaron