Agreed, Eldredge. I'm sure flight systems are already very protected against EMI, but nothing can be fully resistant to EMI. Also, it would be very difficult to test every type of product that emits EMI to see the frequencies and levels that it emits. I don't think there is anything more that can be done on the aircraft side of things.
True. Designing devices that are protected from EMI interference is as much art as it is science. Designing an entire flight control system that is fully protected from EMI is even more difficult. To further complicate matters, while lab testing can be pretty extensive, it is very difficult to replicate all of the real-life aspects on the installed system.
@Barbara: It is not about being old fashioned it has more to do with being confined to ourselves instead of hearing other peoples thoughts. I can imagine what you must have gone through during that flight.
I think people tend to become over excited when they need to complain about faulty service. However, I feel that one should always consider speaking softly in public places so as to keep the discussion to your own self.
@syed: even if cellphones don't represent a problem, the idea of sharing the tight confines of an airplane with a bunch of cell-phone talkers is enough to put me off travel forever! As soon as the plane lands, everybody's cell flips on and you are treated to everything to "I love you"s to "Cancel the meeting, I'm late!" and everyhting in between. On my last trip, someone was reaming a hotel car service person because the car hadn't shown up yet, but the woman was still in baggage claim. After the tirade, she called everyone she knew to complain about the car service. It's one thing to be in a phone booth (remember those?) and overhear a conversation; it's another thing to be privy to conversations wherever you go. I guess I am really old fashioned, but I just don't think everything needs to be shared.
@Barbara: I couldn't agree more. I find the time on flights to be relaxing and I feel we should sometimes get away from the dependancy on cellphones. It is just for a few hours and one can ponder over other things in life during that time.
Above all even if we do not have the facts to prove that cellphones cause problems during takeoff and landings. I prefer to keep them shut off, as I think personal safety is more important than a call or a sms.
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