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Old 06-25-2005, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was on a Southwest flight Tuesday and Thursday and both flights made the announcement that BB and other devices that have a wireless off or airplane mode may now be used when cruising.

The guy next to me said he was on a flight last friday and that announcement was not made.

It was nice to get a little work and Texas Holdem done on my 3 hour flight.
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That's strange, I always use my BlackBerry on a plane with my wireless off, have people really gotten harrassed?
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Been using one on flights with the wireless turned off for years and fly all over the world, a lot. Never been a problem. If the flight attendant ever asks (which happens rarely since so many businesspeople carry BBs) I say "the radio is off" and they go away.
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It's not anything new that your allowed to use it if the radio is off, it is however new that they made an announcement about it, even if it is just WN.
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Continental has not quite made it that far yet
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I would say about half of the flights in Canada I have been on mention BB's and to turn the wireless off.
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I flew in May on American, and mentioned to turn radio off if our devices had that option, but they didn't mention blackberry's.
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I have been on flights that specifically mention not to have the BB device turned on. Even if the wireless is turned off.

When I asked about it they gave me the "FAA not sanctioned Blah, blah, blah." bit.
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Not that it would work even if you had the wireless on, way above the towers and signals for them to work and would be hopping cell towers too quick.

Seriously if wireless devices left on does cause major issues with planes or equiptment now is the time they should fix it. If that can take down or interfer that much, terrorists would only have to travel in groups with cell phones instead of bombs and stuff.
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