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do cell phones work on airplanes??

I know its a big no no... but i am going on a plane later today and my brother & his wife are about to have their first child today and they dont know if its a boy or girl yet.. I am wondering becuase if I am in the air would I be able to turn on the phone really quick just to like check say a text message to know if its a boy or girl and what the name is?? Just courious....
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Re: do cell phones work on airplanes??

I would say no to turning on your phone while on the plane, especially while in the air.
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At lower altitudes, yes they will work...but you're putting everyone's life in danger by doing it. *Speaking as a former flight attendant, I'd have to say if I saw you try it on my flight, your phone would be mine until we landed.
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[quote author=GimmeA3s link=topic=61246.msg1044791#msg1044791 date=1162404598]
At lower altitudes, yes they will work...but you're putting everyone's life in danger by doing it. Speaking as a former flight attendant, I'd have to say if I saw you try it on my flight, your phone would be mine until we landed.
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how was that job? dont think i could do it, im sure i would snap at someone...


but yeah i wouldnt use a cell on the plane, i can set mine on air plane mode( called something like it) and i can still use it( its also a pda) but of course i cant make calls


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Re: do cell phones work on airplanes??

i have always wondered about this whole thing though... Keep in mind this is just a thought I have never done any research... Would a cell phone really cause any problems?? I mean out of all the people that are on airplanes there has to of been one person that has left their phone on right.. And I have never heard of a plan crashing from a cell phone.. Do they really cause problems or are they just trying to get you to use the credit card phone on the back of the seat??
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It's not really a job for someone who wants any semblance of a normal life. *More senior F/As can achieve schedules that are close to that of a normal job, and I was actually working 4 days on, 3 days off (all 3-day weekends) before I quit. *When you're junior, it SUCKS ASS. *You're on reserve (on call) for a long time and when you finally achieve "holding a line", it's a line that NOBODY else wanted and it likely bites. *You really have to WANT to do it, especially now that most of the benefits of being a flight attendant are a thing of the past. *You wanna fly free? *No such thing anymore, you fly standby which means you can, and likely will get bumped off every flight you try to get on, arriving at your destination a day later than you planned. *The F/As that commute to work (live in NY, for example but are based somewhere else) are the ones that floor me. *They start their work day with the stress of commuting to work, then deal with bad passengers, bad food, bad weather, and bad planes all day, and then commute back home. *As hard as you think it is, you end up wishing it were that easy. *After a horrible, freezing-rain flight to and from Wichita, I decided to call it quits when I stepped off the plane, looked back and the nose and wings were COVERED in ice. *Planes and freezing rain can be a deadly combination, but our flight ops guys just INSISTED that we go, so we did. *We could have all been killed. *I miss it sometimes, as it really is unlike any other job in the world and it can be a lot of fun ( I particularly miss the times when the plane was empty...we did all sorts of shit...lol) *But I don't miss working that closely with the general flying public. *They're grouchy and just plain nasty most of the time....although I have to say I much rather be a flight attendant than a gate agent..they take much worse abuse than I did. *Flight attendant is no longer synonymous with "glamourous". *The 1950s - 1960s was the time to have that job, but men weren't even considered for the job back then.
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[quote author=bzdel2441 link=topic=61246.msg1044811#msg1044811 date=1162405023]
i have always wondered about this whole thing though... Keep in mind this is just a thought I have never done any research... Would a cell phone really cause any problems?? I mean out of all the people that are on airplanes there has to of been one person that has left their phone on right.. And I have never heard of a plan crashing from a cell phone.. Do they really cause problems or are they just trying to get you to use the credit card phone on the back of the seat??
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It's the genuine article, I promise you. We don't care if you use the credit card phones. A pilot called me to the cockpit one morning to ask me if someone in the back was on a cellphone. I said "not to my knowledge, why?"
He pointed to the compass, and it was spinning around, never landing on any specific heading.

I found someone in the back attempting to make a call on a cellphone and promptly put a stop to that. I went back up and the compass had settled on a heading. That's just one of the hundreds of systems aboard a plane that can be affected. Granted, the signal from a cellphone isn't going to cause the plane to become uncontrollable, but there are times that pilots rely on any number of instruments to tell them their altitude, attitude, heading, etc and if they get false readings from any of them, they could fly the plane right into the ground without having even known they were descending. It's just dangerous.
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[quote author=GimmeA3s link=topic=61246.msg1044837#msg1044837 date=1162405828]
It's the genuine article, I promise you. We don't care if you use the credit card phones. A pilot called me to the cockpit one morning to ask me if someone in the back was on a cellphone. I said "not to my knowledge, why?"
He pointed to the compass, and it was spinning around, never landing on any specific heading.

I found someone in the back attempting to make a call on a cellphone and promptly put a stop to that. I went back up and the compass had settled on a heading. That's just one of the hundreds of systems aboard a plane that can be affected. Granted, the signal from a cellphone isn't going to cause the plane to become uncontrollable, but there are times that pilots rely on any number of instruments to tell them their altitude, attitude, heading, etc and if they get false readings from any of them, they could fly the plane right into the ground without having even known they were descending. It's just dangerous.
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see well that is acceptable, I guess I do belive it now and I will just keep it off till I land...
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[quote author=GimmeA3s link=topic=61246.msg1044829#msg1044829 date=1162405599]
It's not really a job for someone who wants any semblance of a normal life. More senior F/As can achieve schedules that are close to that of a normal job, and I was actually working 4 days on, 3 days off (all 3-day weekends) before I quit. When you're junior, it SUCKS ASS. You're on reserve (on call) for a long time and when you finally achieve "holding a line", it's a line that NOBODY else wanted and it likely bites. You really have to WANT to do it, especially now that most of the benefits of being a flight attendant are a thing of the past. You wanna fly free? No such thing anymore, you fly standby which means you can, and likely will get bumped off every flight you try to get on, arriving at your destination a day later than you planned. The F/As that commute to work (live in NY, for example but are based somewhere else) are the ones that floor me. They start their work day with the stress of commuting to work, then deal with bad passengers, bad food, bad weather, and bad planes all day, and then commute back home. As hard as you think it is, you end up wishing it were that easy. After a horrible, freezing-rain flight to and from Wichita, I decided to call it quits when I stepped off the plane, looked back and the nose and wings were COVERED in ice. Planes and freezing rain can be a deadly combination, but our flight ops guys just INSISTED that we go, so we did. We could have all been killed. I miss it sometimes, as it really is unlike any other job in the world and it can be a lot of fun ( I particularly miss the times when the plane was empty...we did all sorts of shit...lol) But I don't miss working that closely with the general flying public. They're grouchy and just plain nasty most of the time....although I have to say I much rather be a flight attendant than a gate agent..they take much worse abuse than I did. Flight attendant is no longer synonymous with "glamourous". The 1950s - 1960s was the time to have that job, but men weren't even considered for the job back then.
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yeah im sure its not easy, i dont think i could do it myself, but i always wondered about it. im sure that what is happening now doesnt help beacause people are on edge.

the hours would kill me!! and the people would get on my nerve. so yeah, my uncle works for AA( air plane mechanic) and he has been there for YEARS, so i could get hook ups from him, but yeah its like you said, you have to be on standby and i really dont like that.



and the show mythbusters, tested the cell phone thing and itdoes mess up the planes instruments, so dont use them


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Re: do cell phones work on airplanes??

not to mention beyond losing your cell phone i also belive its illegal.... so if u dont want homeland security arresting u at gates id just wait

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