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Offline KC2555

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AD Regarding Cell Phone Use on 737's and 777's
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:23:24 AM »
I read the attached article from Bloomberg yesterday and wondered how much of a risk cell phone use is on these two planes. Is there a tipping point for when passenger phones in full cell phone mode would actually interfere with cockpit instruments - e.g., 10 phones, no problem; 30 phones, a problem, etc. I realize the best solution to this is simply for all to comply with flight attendant instructions and put our phones in airplane mode. I am just wondering about the risk profile since it is clear that many people do not toggle into airplane mode. Side note ... on a recent Southwest flight, the flight attendant actually announced they would confiscate any devices not in airplane mode and only return them to the passenger after landing. Sounds like they are getting more serious about enforcing this rule.



Offline tyketto

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Re: AD Regarding Cell Phone Use on 737's and 777's
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2019, 12:37:52 PM »
I read the attached article from Bloomberg yesterday and wondered how much of a risk cell phone use is on these two planes. Is there a tipping point for when passenger phones in full cell phone mode would actually interfere with cockpit instruments - e.g., 10 phones, no problem; 30 phones, a problem, etc. I realize the best solution to this is simply for all to comply with flight attendant instructions and put our phones in airplane mode. I am just wondering about the risk profile since it is clear that many people do not toggle into airplane mode. Side note ... on a recent Southwest flight, the flight attendant actually announced they would confiscate any devices not in airplane mode and only return them to the passenger after landing. Sounds like they are getting more serious about enforcing this rule.

Or actually, the best solution would be if the airlines complied with the AD, which they have until November 2019 to replace those screens. Additionally, how will a flight attendant know if a person's phone or device is NOT in airplane mode to confiscate it? At that point, the FARs come into conflict with the 4A.

So should the airlines "laziness" (lack of a better word) for not being proactive and pulling the aircraft out of operations to comply with the AD be justification for their flight attendants to be overreaching in their use of federal law and leave the passengers not safe and secure in their person and property?

BL.